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Lost, Lost, Lost

Directed by Jonas Mekas
United States, 1976
  • English
  • English, French


Comprised of fourteen years of diaristic footage, this film documents Jonas 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.

Our take

A deeply personal, delightfully idiosyncratic, remarkably free-ranging, and ultimately powerfully searching diary film from Jonas Mekas. An interpretive chronicle of the Lithuanian’s struggle to find a sense of home in mid-century Brooklyn, it’s a profound expression of longing and hope.

Lost, Lost, Lost Directed by Jonas Mekas
A complex and layered work, Lost Lost Lost is among cinema’s most poignant accounts of the immigrant experience.
September 03, 2018
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Lost Lost Lost" is my favorite of Mr. Mekas’s films, in part because of the powerfully ambivalent way it tells an archetypal American story, namely that of an immigrant’s rebirth in the New World. It’s striking how analogous Mr. Mekas’s footage of the Lithuanian exile community is to that found in “Walden” — a mix of weddings, children at play, political demonstrations, snowy streets, afternoons in the park and trips to Times Square.
November 13, 2015
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For a distanced reflection on much of this material, one has to look beyond the parameters of these reels to the more mature strategies of Reminiscences, where the voice has clearly found both its style and its subject. Here Mekas is more interested in letting the past speak for itself, without either the benefits or the distorting strictures of after-thoughts.
January 01, 1977
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