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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Variety

Fortnight 1984, Feature film,

Synopsis

J’aime observer. J’ai toujours été fasciné par le cinéma et la plaisir secret, proche du voyeurisme, que ej ressens en voyant des gens sur un écran. Puisque e principe de base du cinéma est à la fois de voir et d’être vu (le voyeurisme et son aspect malsain, l’exhibitionnisme), j’ai voulu faire un film qui abordait ces aspects. Dans VARIETY, Christine est caissière d’un cinéma porno. Le film est situé dans un monde de voyeurs. Mais dans ce cas, le traditionnel rôle de l’homme est inversé, Christine devient obsédée par l’observation et la filature d’un client mâle. Son obession est, dans un sens, pornographique. Hitchcock a souvent utilisé des héroïnes blondes et glacées, mais toujours soumises au regard et aux fantasmes masculins. Christine usurpe cette position. Elle est la « privée » enquêtant dans un thriller dont le thème est le langage du désir. Bette GORDON

Director

Bette Gordon

Bette Gordon is an indie theatre pioneer and long-time Tribeca resident. She was part of a movement which also included people like Jim Jarmusch, John Lurie, Amos Poe and Nick Zedd — a generation of filmmakers that has come to be dubbed “No Wave.”She directed her first experimental film: “Empty Suitcases.” She got involved with the Collective for Living Cinema, the neighborhood’s first cinema, which was located in a loft on White Street. She did her part as ticket taker, projectionist, and educator, and got an NEH grant for a series of panels called “Towards a Living Cinema”. She also finished her 16mm experimental short “Empty Suitcases,” portions of which are excerpted in “Blank City.”Critical acclaim for this innovative film made possible what is (to date) her best known movie, the 1984 feature “Variety.” More “Taxi Driver” than Stan Brakhage, Gordon joins feminist critics like Laura Mulvey and others in extending that attraction to danger to the art of cinema itself. She is a faculty member from 1991 at Columbia University School of the Arts, and vice chair of the film division from 2000.