A central figure in dance and performance of the 1960s, Yvonne Rainer's transition to the cinema in the early 1970s quickly earned her a place as the single most important avant-garde filmmaker of her generation. Rainer inaugurated a major feminist tradition in the cinema that blends theory with autobiography, deconstructed narratives, dance-inspired performances and rigorous but playful formal experimentation. Film About a Woman Who..., a landmark film that is still considered by many to be her masterpiece, is a meditation on ambivalence that plays with cliché and the conventions of soap opera while telling the story of a woman whose sexual dissatisfaction masks an enormous anger.
(Yvonne Rainer, 1974, 16mm, B&W, 105 min)
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