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The director and actress Amy Seimetz and the critic and programmer Miriam Bale will discuss Glenn Close’s role in the film Fatal Attraction (1987) as the end of a certain kind of explosive female performance and the birth of the new, muted, passive, urban working woman in American cinema.
Fatal Attraction, initially imagined as exploring feminist themes, was upon its release greeted with both feminist identification and feminist outrage; the latter came most notably from Susan Faludi in an essay later included in her 1991 book Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women. In conversation, Seimetz and Bale will explore this feminist confusion in both historical and personal contexts.
Seimetz acted in the films Tiny Furniture (2010) and Upstream Color (2013), and she has appeared several times in AMC’s television crime drama The Killing. Her directorial debut, Sun Don’t Shine, was released to international acclaim in 2012. Miriam Bale has written criticism for Film Comment, the NY Daily News, and the New York Times, and is the founder of Joan’s Digest, a feminist film quarterly.
About the 2013-14 Graduate Studies Lecture Series
Each lecture is premised on the notion of "signal years." Each invited speaker will address a year of significance in his or her field or practice and link it to related transformations in the broader realms of politics and culture.
Presented by the MFA in Film program
Generous support for CCA public programs in San Francisco has been provided by Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.