Tuesday 15 December 2009. Part of Cinema Sunset.
A screening of two films on the construction of female Identity in cinema.
In December’s Cinema Sunset (December the 15th 2009) the photographer and video artist Ine Lamers was invited to show her work Not She. For the occasion Lamers chose to show her film in combination with John Cassavetes’ A Woman Under The Influence; one of the three film classics that Lamers literally revers to in Not She. In her introduction Lamers expressed her interest in the formation of identity, processes of identification and the role cinema plays in our understanding of our ‘self’.
A Woman under the Influence
Runtime: 155 min.
Director: John Cassavetes,
Cast: Gena Rowlands and Peter Falk
Runtime: 45 min.
Director: Ine Lamers
Cast: Thekla Reuten
Runtime total programme: (including short break): 220 mins
In Not She, an actress in an abandoned film set (Thekla Reuten playing Mimi), identifies herself with three female screen characters from films from the 60s. By reenacting scenes and mimicking the acting, she respectively turns into the sensible Mabel from Cassavetes’ A Woman Under the Influence, the unstable Giuliani from Antonioni’s Red Desert, and the rather mystical A. from Resnais’ Last Year at Marienbad. By deconstructing these impalpable female screen parts, and presenting women on the edge, Not She reflects on the formation of identity.
A Woman under the Influence is a deeply psychological drama revolving around the sensible housewife Mabel (played by Gena Rowlands, Cassavetes wife). Her mind is consumed with gaining acceptance by her surroundings and with fusing. Slowly her ability to keep up with normal everyday situations reaches full capacity. In A Woman under the Influence Cassavetes intimately portrays a woman that can be called strong and fragile at the same time and in being so confuses her surroundings. John Cassavetes. Cassavetes (1929-1989), often called the founder of American independent cinema, is well known for his documentary style of filming to accommodate the spontaneity and improvisations of his actors.