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Silence at the Palace: Feminist perspectives in cinema

March 1, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 14, 21, 23, 24, 26 and 28, 2012 /
Sabatini Building, Auditorium

How to give feminist film its own voice against the conventions of classic film and how to maintain the subaltern nature of this voice?

While feminism is a social movement that has had an enormous impact on the theory and history of film, this influence has been seen in very diverse film practices, which serve as a stage for the different changes and revisions of feminist criticism itself. The program of this series represents an attempt to bring together works created by women that up to now have been absent from the official historiography of film, but that have stood out, in terms of film analysis, for their subversive capacity. Thus, it is not surprising that back in the 1980s Teresa de Lauretis claims that feminist film should not do away with narrative or destroy visual pleasure, but should instead display an oedipal and vengefulnarrative.

At the beginning, it focused on the female stereotypes so present in Hollywood films. However, it was soon discovered that reaffirming images were not sufficient to change the underlying structures in film. Feminist critics tried to understand the omnipresent power of patriarchal images with the help of structuralist theoretical frameworks such as semiotics and psychoanalysis. That this type of film destroyed the viewer's visual delight was not a problem, critics saw in the disappearance of classic cinematographic narration a sentimental lament.

Feminist film encompasses not only fiction but also documentary film. The problems of finding an appropriate style were perhaps more pronounced in this genre, which was conceived around the idea that a specific truth or reality is an illusion. In this regard, revisioning feminist cinema has its share of contradictions and challenges, such as the construction of a female subject based on the criticism of subjectivity or the idea of another author, different from the dominating and masculine figure of the director.

Program

  • Sally Potter. Thriller. 16 mm, 1979
    March 1, 2012 - 7:00 p.m.
    Cinema and video Film series

    Marguerite Duras. Césarée, 1979.

    Marguerite Duras. Aurélia Steiner (Melbourne), 1979.

    Sally Potter. Thriller, l979.

  • Mulvey y Peter Wollen. Riddles of the Sphinx. 16 mm, 1977. Courtesy del British Film Institute
    March 5, 2012 - 7:00 p.m.
    Cinema and video Film series

    Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen. Riddles of the Sphinx, 1977.

  • Silver. 37 Stories about Leaving Home. Betacam SP, 1966
    March 7, 2012 - 7:00 p.m.
    Cinema and video Film series

    Shelly Silver. 37 Stories About Leaving Home, 1996.

  • Agnès Varda. Sans toit ni loi. 35 mm, 1985
    March 9, 2012 - 7:00 p.m.
    Cinema and video Film series

    Agnès Varda. Vagabound / Sans toit ni loi, 1985.

  • VVAA. Seven Women-Seven Sins.16 mm, 1987
    March 10, 2012 - 7:00 p.m.
    Cinema and video Film series

    Various authors. Seven Women-Seven Sins, 1987.

  • Kay Sloan. Suffragettes in the Silent Cinema. DVD, 2003
    March 12, 2012 - 7:00 p.m.
    Cinema and video Film series

    Kay Sloan. Suffragettes in the Silent Cinema, 2003.

    Joyce Follet. Step by Step: Building a Feminist Movement, 1941-1977, 1998.

  • Julie Dash. Daughters of the dust. 35 mm, 1991
    March 14, 2012 - 7:00 p.m.
    Cinema and video Film series

    Julie Dash. Daughters of the Dust, 1991.

  • Cecilia Barriga. Time’s Up!. 35 mm, 2000
    March 21, 2012 - 7:00 p.m.
    Cinema and video Film series

    Cecilia Barriga. Time´s up!, 2000.

  • Margarethe von Trotta. Vision. 35 mm, 2009
    March 23, 2012 - 7:00 p.m.
    Cinema and video Film series

    Margarethe von Trotta. Vision- Aus dem Leben der Hildegard von Bingen, 2009.

  • Barbara Hammer. LOVER OTHER: The Story of Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore. DVD, 2006
    March 24, 2012 - 7:00 p.m.
    Cinema and video Film series

    Barbara Hammer. LOVER OTHER: The Story of Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore, 2006.

  • Gemma Cubero and Celeste Carrasco. Ella es el matador. DVD, 2009. © Talcual Films
    March 26, 2012 - 7:00 p.m.
    Cinema and video Film series

    Gemma Cubero and Celeste Carrasco. Ella es el matador, 2009.

  • Lynn Hershman Leeson.  ¡ Women Art Revolution. DVD, 2011
    March 28, 2012 - 7:00 p.m.
    Cinema and video Film series

    Lynn Hershman. ! Women Art and Revolution: A Secret History, 2011.

Activity´s details

Curatorship: 
Berta Sichel
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