All the Vermeers in New York

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All the Vermeers in New York
Directed by Jon Jost
Produced by Henry S. Rosenthal
Written by Jon Jost
Starring Emmanuelle Chaulet
Katherine Bean
Gordon Joseph Weiss
Stephen Lack
Music by Jon A. English
Cinematography Jon Jost
Edited by Jon Jost
Distributed by American Playhouse Theatrical Films
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Running time
87 minutes
Country United States
Language English

All the Vermeers in New York is a 1990 American film written, directed and produced by Jon Jost.

Jon Stephen Jost is an American independent filmmaker.



Mark, a Wall Street financial broker, falls in love with a French actress at first sight, due to her resembling a Vermeer painting, and then proceeds to follow her from room to room in a museum. The broker goes up to the actress, Anna, and introduces himself which spawns a romantic relationship. Anna lives with two roommates — a wealthy woman and a female opera singer. As the relationship evolves, Mark dies from a cerebral hemorrhage while calling Anna. The film ends with Anna going into a Vermeer painting.

Johannes Vermeer 17th-century Dutch painter

Johannes Vermeer was a Dutch Baroque Period painter who specialized in domestic interior scenes of middle-class life. He was a moderately successful provincial genre painter in his lifetime but evidently was not wealthy, leaving his wife and children in debt at his death, perhaps because he produced relatively few paintings.


The film was created with his love of Vermeer paintings as a central organizing theme. This is one of his first films produced in 35mm. [1] Vincent Canby wrote in The New York Times the film's purpose was to show art as the last bit of humanism in a world without love. [2] Marjorie Baumgarten, a writer for Austin Chronicle , called All the Vermeers in New York an experimental film. [1] Emanuel Levy wrote in Cinema of Outsiders that the film is a mix of "narrative and experimental cinema". [3]

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At the Berlin International Film Festival in 1991, the film won the Caligari Film Award [4] for "thematic or stylistic innovation in film in the Forum of New Cinema section of the festival". Roger Ebert reviewed the film, saying "When All the Vermeers in New York was over, I stayed for a moment in my seat because I didn't feel as if the film had ended. It got me involved, it got me intrigued, and my interior clock estimated that it would take another 30 minutes to conclude. And then it stopped." [5] Ty Burr of Entertainment Weekly said that "Jost's influences may be foreign-film gods like Godard and Ozu, but he doesn't share their contemplative humanity, and what's left smells like art-house posturing." [6]

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