Gendered Gazes

This spring (2013) the Nonstop Institute of Yellow Springs presents “Gendered Gazes,” a series of discussions about European feminist and queer cinema. Seldom seen but influential films by directors such as Ulrike Ottinger, Vera Chytilova, Marta Meszaros, Lina Wertmuller, Agnieszka Holland, Monika Treut, Victor Grodecki and Kutlug Ataman will be explored.

The fifth meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, May 8, at 7 pm, focuses on the work of the Italian director Lina Wertmuller and her evocation of the grotesque in her 1975 feature film Seven Beauties.

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The fourth meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, May 1, at 7 pm, focuses on the work of the (West) German feminist film-maker Monika Treut and her provocative exploration of SM lesbian relationships in her and Elfi Mikesch’s 1985 classic, Seduction: The Cruel Woman.

The third meeting, scheduled for Wednesday Apri 18, at 7 pm, takes up the work of Hungarian director Marta Meszaros and her daring representation of an unconventional mother-daughter relationship through her 1975 black and white film, Adoption.

The second meeting, continuing with the work by the Czech New Wave director Vera Chytilova and attending, in this instance, to her visually stylistically adventuresome 1970 film Fruit of Paradise, is scheduled for Wednesday, April 11, at 7 pm.

The first meeting, focusing on the work by the Czech New Wave director Vera Chytilova, is scheduled for Tuesday, April 3, at 7 pm. We will explore and discuss Chytilova’s 1966 Daisies, a classic of the Czech New Wave.