Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Lecture Series - Joan Wallach Scott Time: 4:00p - 7:00p Location: Gilman 132 Details:
Joan Wallach Scott - Distinguished Visiting Professor
First lecture: February 26 "Women and Religion"
Second lecture: March 5 "Reproductive Futurism"
Third lecture: March 12 "Man and Citizen"
JHU Tournées Festival-Holy Motors Time: 7:30p - 9:30p Location: Gilman 50 Details:2012 / 115 min/ In French with English subtitles
Expansive, breathtaking, and thrillingly unclassifiable, Holy Motors is writer-director Leos Carax’s first feature since Pola X (1999), and only his fifth in three decades. Both a lamentation for and celebration of cinema, the film opens with Carax himself, walking down a long corridor to a movie-theater balcony that overlooks a roomful of motionless, stony-silent spectators. After this dream-like prologue, we are introduced to the movie’s main character, Monsieur Oscar (Denis Lavant, Carax’s frequent collaborator), a professional chameleon who inhabits nearly 12 different personas over the course of a single day. Steered through the streets of Paris in a white-stretch limo, Oscar consults a thick dossier for the particulars of his next “appointment.” These scenarios require him to play, among others, a homeless old woman shaking a tin cup, a performer bending and contorting for a motion-capture sex scene, and a feral leprechaun. Oscar continually reinvents himself, exhausting work that he still pursues for “the beauty of the act,” as he explains to a mysterious executive who suddenly appears in the limo’s back seat. The “beauty” the shape-shifter refers to may be either moviemaking or movie-watching; both activities, like Oscar himself, are, as this extraordinary film reminds us, in a constant state of flux.Presented by Professor Derek Schilling (German and Romance Languages and Literatures ), Johns Hopkins University.