Film - Feature | November 3 | 5:30-6:50 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
After the screening, enjoy a Film to Table dinner at Babette, the cafe at BAMPFA. Join an intimate group of fellow filmgoers for a four-course, prix-fixe meal in a convivial, dinner-party atmosphere. Purchase dinner tickets in advance at babettecafe.com (film tickets must be purchased separately).
Dusan Makavejev brings a surreal combinatory style and radical sexual politics to a docu-fictional exploration of Wilhelm Reich and his implications for world revolution. The stated aim of this seriously ideological work is amusement; it comes described as a fantasy on the Fascism and Communism of human bodies, a summary of information about the political life of human genitals, and a proclamation of the pornographic essence of any system of authority and power over others. In a new twist on old Eisenstein, juxtaposition is the key to Makavejevs bold and funny construct, which offers Tuli Kill for Peace Kupferberg as urban terrorist; a session with a plaster-caster; documentation on Reich and the hysteria this Eisenhower voter provoked in book-burning America; Stalins ghost, popping up at inopportune moments; and a narrative fiction about a Yugoslav beautician and free-love advocate (Milena Dravic) who loses her head over a sexually repressed Soviet ice-skating champion, confirming one of Reichs theses on Stalinist puritanism. Makavejev declared, If you dont leave the cinema after five minutes of this film, you become the films accomplice.
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