Kristina Talking Pictures (16mm)
Dir. Yvonne Rainer (1976); USA, 93m
Starring: Bert Barr, Frances Barth, James Barth

FRIDAY, MARCH 8TH AT 7:00PM & 9:30PM

Kristina Talking Pictures lacks plot, drama, artfulness, or any sense of immersion within a fictional world. This is precisely the intention of experimental filmmaker Yvonne Rainer who, in resisting narrative expectation, crafts a film in which dialogue is cut off, single characters are played by multiple actors, and scenes defy any sense of cohesive understanding. The film concerns Kristina, a Hungarian lion tamer who moves to New York to become a choreographer. In the absence of character or story development, however, this premise is pursued not as a plot but as a means to engage with the dynamics of human relations, power, oppression, and the portrayal of women in film. Putting the ideas of 1970s feminist film theory to practice, Yvonne Rainer’s Kristina Talking Pictures creates a truly new cinematic form.

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