Abstract Devin McKinney: Gerry. Director Gus Van Sant uses expressive landscape, long takes, and oblique, minimal dialogue to fashion a new version of the archetypal passage into manhood. Intensely abstract means are brought to bear on a narrative which crosses cultures and eras, but also has intimate thematic connections to Van Sant's previous work.
Devin McKinney is a past contributor to Film Quarterly. His book Magic Circles: The Beatles in Dream and History has recently been published by Harvard University Press. He thanks Kathy Berenson for her contributions to this piece.
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Devin McKinney; Gerry. Film Quarterly 1 December 2003; 57 (2): 43–47. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2004.57.2.43
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