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Jackass Johnny

Canada, 1988 (MIFF 1989, Experimental)

Director: Alex Busby, David Coole

Peripatetic travelogue, quasi documentary, a discourse on transience. Jackass Johnny crosses the boundaries of the banal and sentimental in pursuit of the Canadian psyche Timelapse sequences tum to industrial work floors; bland factory facades are intertwined with old people dancing and posing for the camera. Each sequence is juxtaposed with anecdotes People discuss their opinions and memories. Some present their potted world views. In a short time it covers a lot of territory — profit and doom, working life, Yankee imperialism, the impact the Soviets are having on ice hockey The end result is a fascinating piece of contemplative cinema - (SC)

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