Bette Gordon

Still Life (1975) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

A meditation on the American rustic. Various objects within the composition are re-presented in unnatural colors and unusual spatial arrangements, emphasizing the illusion of movement while exploring film grain and graphic nature. The image of foreground and background becomes reversed, and through that process we lose sight of three-dimensional space representation.

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Bette Gordon

Noyes (1976) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

A single action seen from alternative left and right perspectives, accentuating reversals, repetitions and persistence of vision. Rather than uniting opposites, rhythm is set up by the struggling eye, varying as the image is moved closer to and further from the screen's center. The sound, with its fragmentations and its implications of incompleteness, focuses attention on the impossibility of a resolution in the film's dichotomy. "Rather than crediting the camera with objectivity according to the usual convention in film, the viewer is confronted with the relativity of simultaneous multiple perspectives. The soundtrack underlines the arbitrary relationship between a sign and its signifier, as does Magritte's painting, Ceci n'est pas une pipe." -- The Art Examiner

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Bette Gordon

Exchanges (1979) 16mm, color, 14.75 min

Genre: Experimental

EXCHANGES investigates mechanisms by which meaning is produced in film, through the interaction of the process of construction of a text and the social context which determines and is represented by that text. The film deconstructs the relationship between image and work, visual codes and language, memory and experience. EXCHANGES also raises the question of female sexuality in attempting to represent women as sexual beings outside the positions assigned to them by male power and fantasy. The elliptical printing-editing style of EXCHANGES confronts the problem of the imaging of the body, by posing a kind of striptease of cinema. The exchange of clothes between two women is seen as a performance, without the illusion of personal interaction as a mediator. The film's construction attempts to reposition the erotic elements: the technology employed becomes more seductive than the actual image of stripping, displacing the striptease rather than serving it invisibly, thus establishing a tension between the image of the women and the sensuality of the filmic process.

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Bette Gordon

Empty Suitcases (1980) 16mm, color, 48.75 min

Genre: Experimental

... is a narrative derived from film's own material and my concern for exploring issues of representation and identification in cinema. The film presents fragments of a woman's life--her work (as a photographer), her friendship and relationships--in short, her economic, sexual,and artistic struggles. By deconstructing the fragments of text, speech, music and picture, the film forces focus on the workings of narrative, as well as on the narrative itself. Central to EMPTY SUITCASES is women's inability to place and define themselfs in laguage and politics, the location of radical struggle. This displacement leads to a definition of woman as other, and reveals problems of unresolved sexual relations, difference, and violence,--B. G. Her most successful sequences--a militant 'new wave' fashion show in which models photograph themselves, an expressionless white woman lipsynching alog to Billie Holliday, a scene where the filmmaker relates a dream only to be drowned out by Talking Heads singing 'PSycho Killer'--all criticize conventional modes of representation, with particular attention to what current academic jargon calls 'the imaging of woman.'"--J. Hoberman, Village Voice

Rental: $200.00
16mm Rental: $200.00

Bette Gordon

Greed: Pay To Play (1987) 16mm, color, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

Three women hav ea strange claustraphobic encounter in the ladies lounge of a luxurious manhattan hotel. Set in a timeless "twilight zone" where objects bear a menacing aura and seemingly harmless conversation carries a thretening subtext.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

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