Moving Pictures

Veteran Ohio filmmaker Richard Myers has been called “the Fellini of the midwest,” but his films are better than that moniker suggests. They might lack the visual gloss and dramatic consistency of Fellini's movies, but they're far more disturbing, surreal descents into a netherworld where the ground keeps shifting under one's feet. This 1989 film, one of his best, takes its title quite literally: the camera constantly tracks from right to left, so that everything on-screen, people and landscapes and wooden horses, glides from left to right—the direction in which we read. But text is only one metaphor operating here; some of the performers drifting by could be from a small-town circus, and as in a parade or caravan, the haunting images float past with the transitory quality of a dream.

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