Lives of Performers

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The Scenic Route
An experimental drama that spins the tale of a woman, her sister, and the man who completes the triangle. Told through such fertile sources as grand opera, classical painting, and Victorian melodrama. Winner of the Sutherland Trophy at the British Film Institute Awards.
Film About A Woman Who...
Yvonne 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.
MURDER and murder
From acclaimed feminist filmmaker Yvonne Rainer, MURDER AND MURDER is a middle-aged love story between Mildred, a life-long lesbian, and Doris, who is in love with a woman for the first time. An unflinching meditation on female aging, lesbian sexuality and breast cancer in a culture that glorifies youth and…
Cowards Bend The Knee
Adapted from a ten-part peephole installation, COWARDS BEND THE KNEE is "jam-packed with enough kinetically photographed action to seem like a never-ending cliffhanger. Set in a shadow-suffused hockey arena and a Mabuse-like beauty salon-slash-abortion clinic, the plot drips with Grecian formula, as sordid family secrets spawn unintentional murder most foul.…
Caravaggio
Derek Jarman's most profound reflection on art, sexuality and identity retells the life of the celebrated 17th-century painter through his brilliant, nearly blasphemous paintings and his flirtations with the underworld. CARAVAGGIO incorporates the painter's precise aesthetic into the movie's own visuals, while touching on all of Jarman's major concerns: history,…
Journeys From Berlin/1971
To explore the ramifications of terrorism, Rainer employs an extended therapy session--in which an American woman speaks to a series of psychiatrists--to evoke the daily experiences of power and repression. Winner of the Independent/Experimental Film and Video Award at the Los Angeles Film Critics Associations Awards.
Kristina Talking Pictures
Yvonne Rainer continued her preoccupation with the contradictions between public and private personas with this story of a female lion tamer from Budapest who comes to New York to become a choreographer.
Privilege
Yvonne Rainer's sixth feature is a genuinely subversive movie about menopause. Out of a subject that has been virtually invisible on film, Rainer has fashioned a witty, risky work about sexual identity and the unequal economies of race, gender and class. Winner of the Filmmakers Trophy in the Dramatic Category…
Video Dance
This work by director Douglas Rosenberg, a regular collaborator with contemporary choreographers, is a collection of three dances created specifically for the camera. Each work features Rosenberg's lyrical camera work and suspends the choreography within an elegant frame. The dances for the camera featured on this tape include works by…
Video/ Dance, Volume One
The Mourning Kiss (Screened at the 1990 International Grand Prix Video Danse, Paris, France) "...a modified tango for two is arrested in time, accentuating physical gestures and their emotive possibilities. The use of an ever-wandering slow-motion technique suspends the desiring note of Susana Tambutti's choreography." Steve Seid, Pacific Film Archive.…
Dances for Television
A suite of dances made for television from award-winning director Douglas Rosenberg, this project is based on the work of renowned choreographers Sean Curran, Li Chiao-Ping, and Amy Sue Rosen: "Real Boy" (Sean Curran) "Hope" (Amy Sue Rosen/Derek Bernstein) "Odyssey" (Li Chiao-Ping) "Residues" (Li Chiao-Ping)
Venous Flow
Venous Flow weaves first person narrative with contemporary dance to tell the story of a community of dancers and artists and their resolution to overcome personal trauma. "Grace" is a large group piece performed by Li Chiao-Ping Dance and a community of elders shot on a frozen lake in winter,…