Saturday, March 17, 2018
2/28/18 PERILS & A FILM ABOUT A WOMAN WHO
Perils (1986, dir. Abigail Child, 5 min)
Perils is a homage to silent film—the clash of ambiguous innocence and unsophisticated villainy—dramatizing the theatrical postures of melodrama to confront and examine our ideas of romance, action, and drama. Child says, “I had long conceived of a film composed only of reaction shots in which all causality was erased. What would be left would be the resonant voluptuous suggestions of history and the human face.” Charles Noyes and Christian Marclay constructed the sound montage from Warner Brothers cartoons and improvisations.
Film About A Woman Who (1974, dir. Yvonne Rainer, 90 min)
Rainer's landmark film is a meditation on ambivalence that plays with cliche and the conventions of soap opera while telling the story of a woman whose sexual dissatisfaction masks an enormous anger.
Total Run Time: 95 Min