Larry Yust

Director Larry Yust with Producer Marshal Backlar

I have many people I admire. One of them is Larry Yust. Mr. Yust is a man who has no pretense about him. In an article in Shock Cinema author Nick Pinkerton wrote: “Larry Yust’s education is a combination of Stamford U theater, summer stock and the Army Signal Corp. It sums up how Mr. Yurst is, and how he approached his work. I was first introduced to Larry Yust’s film “Trick Baby”. Shot 100% in Philadelphia the film plays like a Jim Thompson novel. The film was released in 1972 and I caught it sometime in my teens on a late night movie. After seeing it again it still holds up and it’s a great modern film noir if film noir were in color. Throughout the film you can feel the grittiness of the street, and the performances are dead on. His other film “Homebodies” is a film is a dark comedy that feels pretty authentic & still manages to hit themes of what it is to grow old in America. There’s no gloss in Yust’s film, and it is these films that really make Yust’s films standout. I would be remiss if I did not include Yust’s cinematographer collaborator Isidore Mankofsky.

Yust had done a number of films for the Encyclopedia Britannica Educational Corporation. They are even available on YouTube. Such films as: Dr Heidegger’s Experiment, The Lottery, The Lady and the Tiger. Yust’s filmography is limited, but it’s the work he’s done that makes him unique in my eyes. Always working with low budgets Yust manages to pack a whole lot into his films.

It is fortunate that there is also a short film made of the man that premiered in 2019. Mr. Yust has gotten more involved with ” Photographic Elevation”. As described on Yust’s website:

A Photographic Elevation is not a panorama which is photographed from a single, static point of view, and in which all objects not directly in front of the camera are distorted.  To make a photographic elevation, Yust walks or rides along a path parallel to the subject being photographed, snaps overlapping shots of it with his camera always pointing directly at the subject, and then puts the shots together in a computer.  The resulting images are essentially free of perspective and cannot be achieved in any other way.  They provide a new way of looking at the world.

To see works of his go to his website www.larryyust.com/

But don’t let me tell you about his genius let him tell you himself in this excellent film made by Loic Zimmermann. I would like to thank them here for there inspiring look at an artist and filmmaker.