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La Lunga Ombra (Passages)  .  director Jon Jost
11/06/2006, at 10:30 PM 11/07/2006, at 12:30 PM
director Jon Jost
screenplay Jon Jost
country Italy/USA
year 2006
duration 77 minutes
media Beta SP PAL
color Color
language OmeU
producer Jon Jost

Eliana Miglio

Agnese Nano

Simonetta Gianfelici

Edoardo Albinati

Marco Delogu


cinematography Jon Jost
editor Jon Jost
music Erling Wold


3 professional women go to the seaside, two of them (Miglio, Gianfelici) to comfort the other (Nano), who has been left by her husband. In the process of attempting to console Anna, the other two are dragged into the maelstrom of her sadness.


This work is more a tone poem narrative, in which the real subject, the impact of 9/11 on European and Italian intelligencia, is never mentioned, but lays in the background invisibly distorting the characters.


La Lunga Ombra was made in 5 days in an improvised manner, with no script whatsoever, only a vague thought to address the disquiet which pervades Europe in the wake of 9/11, a disturbance which works unacknowledged and of which little is ever said.



Born in Chicago in 1943, of a military family, Jost grew up in Georgia, Kansas, Japan, Italy, Germany, and, Virginia. Expelled from college in 1963, He began making 16mm films. He is self-taught. He has made some 20 shorts and 16 feature films, all of which he has conceived, written, photographed, directed, and edited. In 1965 Jost was imprisoned by US Federal authorities for 2 years and 3 months for refusal to cooperate with the Selective Service System. On release, he quickly became engaged in political activities, helping start the Chicago branch of what became NEWSREEL, the New Left film production and distribution group, as well as working for the draft and the Chicago Mobilization. Jost made his first feature-length film in 1974, and has since devoted to the making of a wide-ranging series of films, largely focused on specifically American topics, in form ranging from essays, to essay-fictions, to avant-garde and new narrative forms. His work has shawn widely in museums, film archives and festivals since 1975. In 1991, The MOMA in New York assembled and presented a complete retrospective of Jost's work encompassing 11 features and 5 programs of shorts.