Visible Cities

with Babette Mangolte
Thursday, December 5, 1996 - 3:00pm
A French/American cinematographer and filmmaker, Mangolte established her internationally acclaimed reputation working as director of photography for filmmakers Yvonne Rainer (Film About a Woman Who . . .), Chantal Akerman (Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce), Michael Snow and Jean-Pierre Gorin. Since the mid-1970s, Mangolte has been directing, editing and producing her own impressive body of work (including What Maisie Knew and The Cold Eye) that focuses on relationships among art, nature and culture. Mangolte lives in New York and California and teaches film at the University of California, San Diego. Visible Cities (1991, 16mm, 30 min., color). "Two women are in search of a home in the Southern California landscape. From the outside looking in, they see the single family home as the locus of the exclusion of the other. It is also unaffordable. They both feel as if they are invisible citizens. They witness how the architectural landscape imposed on the California desert appears as a reversal of nature, where exclusive living, gated communities and segregation go hand in hand. They dream of escape. The film is giving a voice to the landscape and explores off-screen presence and subjectivity." --Babette Mangolte

Co-sponsored by the Center for Gender Studies, Cinema and Media Studies Program, Mass Culture Workshop