Jean-Pierre Gorin

Routine Pleasures

Routine Pleasures

What do a club devoted to model trains and the legendary film critic and painter Manny Farber have in common? These two lines intersect in Jean-Pierre Gorin’s lovely and distinctly American film, which takes as its subject the desire to re-create the past (the locomotive aficionados’ elaborate worlds in miniature, Farber’s teeming canvases) and expands to something richly philosophical and surprisingly funny. Routine Pleasures is a masterful meditation on America’s landscapes, real and imagined.

Film Info

  • United States
  • 1986
  • 79 minutes
  • Color
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • English

Available In

Collector's Set

Eclipse Series 31: Three Popular Films by Jean-Pierre Gorin

Jean-Pierre Gorin

DVD Box Set

3 Discs


Routine Pleasures
Chester Culp
The Pacific Beach & Western crew
Ray Dinsen
George Geyer
Gene Lindsay (in memoriam)
Henry Mills
Charles Powell
John Pritchett
Nelson Rath
Scott Rhodes
John Schmeling
Roger Steadman
Ken Stroup
Corky Thomson
Jean-Pierre Gorin
Executive producer
Rachel Regan Staver
Written by
Jean-Pierre Gorin
Written by
Patrick Amos
Babette Mangolte
Assistant camera
Mark Daniels
Jean-Pierre Gorin
Babette Mangolte
Patrick Amos
Assistant editor
Jean Saris
Gregg Federmack
Sound editing by
Catherine Ryan
Music editor
Georges Bloch


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