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Join us tonight Tue. 29 at 9:30p @ Zeitgeist for new Polanski "VENUS IN FUR"

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NOTE: If you have already seen this movie, still consider joining us for the (late) discussion afterwards...

Join us TONIGHT Tuesday, July 29th for the 9:30p showing of 2013 movie "LA VENUS A LA FOURRURE / VENUS IN FUR". Directed by Roman Polanski, with Emmanuelle Seigner and Matthieu Amalric. Based on the David Ives play, based on a Leopold von Sacher-Masoch novel. In French with subtitles. 96 minutes. Biography/Drama/Fantasy. See review below.

2014 Cesar Award at Cannes Festival for Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay.

Plot line: An actress attempts to convince a director how she's perfect for a role in his upcoming production.

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Zeitgeist Arts Center, 1618 O.C. Haley Blvd., NOLA 70113 -- 3 blocks off St. Charles, between Terspichore and Euterpe, in Central City. Easy, safe parking in front of theater or next block at Ashe Cultural Center.

I'll be there 15 minutes before show time. Movie starts at 9:30 sharp. Discussion afterwards -- outside Zeitgeist and/or at a nearby bar on St. Charles.


For more info, contact Guy Henoumont anytime at 504-460-9049 or at .


One reviewer wrote:

Interesting reflection on "gender violence", expressed through simple and efficient screenplay. 9 December 2013 | by Alex 1979 (Italy)

Roman Polanski in this movie proposes an interesting re-lecture on gender violence, topic of relevant importance in post-modern societies. The movie, limited in space, time and actors (one stage, essential screenplay, two only actors), proposes a challenge to the complexity, symbolic violence amongst genders is embedded in. It could be considered as a elegant critique to the way women are represented throughout men's "heteronormative" sexual attitudes and behaviors: treating women's bodies as objects, promoting disadvantage of women on a political and economic level (film industry in this movie), etc. But the movie also enhances a certain complexity of so-called gender roles, and the way inequalities between sexual clusters become much more fizzled as they appear in a normative, structuralist perspective. Within everyday life practices, as shown in different scenes of Polanski's film, positions related to power and domain change constantly and the reified, fix borders amongst gender categories are quite subtle. Polanski, indeed, is a director and not a sociologist and as an artist he provokes and stimulates, rather than proposing theoretical or ideological statements. His courageous and unique style in directing this movie could be considered as a reflection on the complexity of reality, and in this specific case of gender violence; an excursus on a fluid society made of fast and inter-sectional changes on all levels of experience: from micro to macro. Just some few words spent on Shizuka's previous comment: of course taste is subjective; someone likes or dislikes a certain artistic production. But I really do not understand what his legal troubles are going to do with his movie! He directs movies and people who decide to watch them, do that for a personal decision (or sometimes for work if you are a film-reviewer) and not for financing illegal behaviors. So be aware in expressing general, superficial and senseless judgments: it is like saying that watching Walt Disney's animations supports anti-Semitism or reading Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland promotes minors' sex abuses.

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