If you’re weary of the onslaught of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” and need something a bit more nourishing for your cinematic brain, today we have a special treat for readers, just in time for the holiday season.
Earlier this month, Kino Lorber issued “Walden/Lost Lost Lost” on Blu-ray, pulling together two films from director Jonas Mekas, from 1969 and 1976 respectively, that each run nearly three hours long, and provide early examples of the filmmaker’s marriage of diary, document, and narrative. It’s crucial viewing for anyone interested in his work, and now that it’s arrived in pristine high-def, it can’t be missed. Here’s the synopsis for the set.
Walden (1969), Mekas’ first completed diary film, is an epic portrait of the New York avant-garde arts scene of the 1960s, featuring many of Mekas’friends of that period, including Andy Warhol, John Lennon, Yoko Ono and The Velvet Underground. Lost Lost Lost (1976), comprised of fourteen years of footage, documents Mekas’ early years in New York as he and his brother Adolfas build their new life in America, discovering the city and the burgeoning film and arts community of the 1950 and 60s downtown scene.
Like I said, we’ve got a treat — some copies signed by Mekas himself to give away to some lucky readers.
To win, follow us on and , tweet: “I want to win Walden/Lost Lost Lost from @ThePlaylist. #WinThePlaylistContest,” and include this link . Your final step: just email us your tweet, with your full name and address, and tell us what movie you’re hoping to get for Christmas. Good luck!
Update: Contest closed, winners will be contacted via email.
Below, check out video from the “Walden/Lost Lost Lost” release party with Jonas Mekas.