Wednesday, March 14, 2007

March 17 - 25, 2007
This eclectic series of feature films, documentaries, video art, experimental film, newsreels, and silent cinema investigates how the moving image represents and interprets fashion as a concept, an industry, and a cultural form.

“Shoes, Eroticism, and Fetish”

Talk by curator Christel Tsilibaris Sunday, March 18, 4:00 p.m.Diary of a Chambermaid 1964, 98 mins., 35mm. Directed by Luis Buñuel. With Jeanne Moreau. Preceded by Paris: Women's Shoes in Lafayette Galleries (1912, Pathé-Gaumont), The Gay Shoe Clerk (1903, Edwin S. Porter. Music composed by The Wolfmen), Amor Pedestre (1914, Marcel Fabre. Music composed by The Wolfmen), Shoes Talk Too (1949, La Settimana Incom) Total running time of short films: 12 mins. Women’s shoes trigger amorous behavior and sexual fixations that can cause a breakdown in social etiquette. These films explore various routines of wearing and showing off shoes for the camera, focusing on notions of exhibition, voyeurism, and lust. In the Buñuel film, Jeanne Moreau is a maid at a country estate whose eccentric inhabitants include a boot fetishist.

Saturday, March 24, 2:00 p.m.1980, 130 mins., 16mm. Directed by Frederick Wiseman. Cinema verite pioneer Frederick Wiseman applies his cool, understated approach to examining the intersections of fashion, business, advertising, photography, television, and fantasy in the day-to-day lives of models at a New York agency.


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