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Opening Night Reception of TALKING PICTURES: THE CINEMA OF YVONNE RAINER
July 21, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm$14
Dance Films Association & the Film Society of Lincoln Center Co-host
Talking Pictures: The Cinema of Yvonne Rainer
Opening Night Reception
Following the screening of the Opening Night film
Lives of Performers
(Yvonne Rainer, 1972, 16mm, 90 minutes)
Friday, July 21, 2017
Screening at 7:00PM
Reception to follow in the studio at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center
Francesca Beale Theater at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center
The Film Society of Lincoln Center
144 West 65th Street
New York, NY 10023
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Lives of Performers begins, fittingly, with a rehearsal. Cinematographer Babette Mangolte’s roving camera arcs across the bodies of dancers as they commit a pattern of movement to memory, and this image—of a work in the process of becoming—serves as an emblem of sorts for Rainer’s film, which stages a familiar story of infatuation and uncertain feeling in an unorthodox fashion. As a love triangle between a man and two women plays out as a series of tableaux against an austere backdrop, the particulars of its development are revealed largely through off-camera line readings and fragments of on-screen text. Pulling the viewer in and pushing them out with equal force, Lives of Performers is a beguiling example of anti-illusionism, coolly revealing the mechanics of melodrama while illustrating the power and potential of its appeal to sentiment.
Art historian and critic Douglas Crimp will introduce Lives of Performers at the Francesca Beale Theater. The Opening Night reception will follow the 7:00PM screening.
Series organized by Thomas Beard.
Still from Lives of Performers, courtesy Zeitgeist Films
Get TicketsThe Opening Night reception is open to Lives of Performers ticket holders! Buy your tickets in advance here.
*DFA members will receive a discount code for tickets to the full series via email.*
Drinks and refreshments for the Opening Night Reception are generously provided by Lagunitas Brewing Company, Aveníu Brands, and Paul J. Galando.