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Lost Lost Lost over "Lost Lost Lost"

Scott MacDonald
Cinema Journal
Vol. 25, No. 2 (Winter, 1986), pp. 20-34
DOI: 10.2307/1225457
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1225457
Page Count: 15
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Lost Lost Lost over "Lost Lost Lost"
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Abstract

This introduction to Jonas Mekas's epic "diary" "Lost Lost Lost" sees the film as a tightly constructed experimental narrative which enacts a triadic pattern familiar from classic literature: expulsion from Eden, the dark night of the soul, and rebirth. Mekas began collecting the footage upon his arrival in the United States in 1949, assuming it would become part of a documentary about the Lithuanian displaced persons community in Brooklyn; but when he finally edited the footage in 1975, it focused on his discovery/creation of the aesthetic homeland which had enabled him to recover from the loss of his native land.

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