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Medea 1969, or Women’s Self-Abolition in the Years of Lead




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Louis-Georges Schwartz
Medea 1969, or Women’s Self-Abolition in the Years of Lead

Retrospective: Pier Paolo Pasolini

Best known in the US as one of the great Italian postwar filmmakers, Pier Paolo Pasolini was also an influential, outspoken, and openly gay poet, novelist, critic, journalist, playwright, and painter. He held seemingly conflicting philosophies as both a Marxist and a Catholic, and was a staunch leftist who once spoke out against left-wing student protests in favor of the working-class police. His filmography represents perhaps the most subversive body of work ever put to film, still provoking outrage and charges of blasphemy in some quarters. However controversial, the themes he explores achieve a measure of timelessness and universality as many of his films are set in the distant past. Most importantly, his films often portray the lives of those existing on the fringes of society, in roles often played by nonprofessional actors. The Wex is thrilled to present this nearly complete retrospective with many titles screening in newly restored 35mm prints.

Thu, Feb 13, 2014 5 PM

Louis-Georges Schwartz examines Pasolini’s film Medea in the context of Italian feminism and the women’s struggle within militant movements between 1969 and 1978, a period of great political upheaval in Italy marked by a wave of terrorism. Schwartz is Associate Professor of Film Studies in Ohio University’s School of Dance, Film, and Theater, and the author of Mechanical Witness: A History of Motion Picture Evidence in U.S. Courts (2009).

Following the lecture at 7 PM, the Wexner Center will screen Pasolini's Medea (tickets and additional information available at the link).

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