Capital Celluloid 2019 - Day 163: Wed Jun 12

Variety (Gordon, 1983): ICA Cinema, 6.45pm

Bette Gordon's indie classic Variety is screened in its original 35mm format alongside its precursor, Gordon’s Super 8 short film Anybody’s Woman (1981).This screening is part of the Kathy Acker season at ICA Cinema. Full details here.

Chicago Reader review:
Bette Gordon's independent feature is a little overambitiously formal at times, drawing in references to Chantal Akerman and Jean-Luc Godard, but it works very well as a hauntingly subjective character study. A young woman takes a job as a cashier in a Manhattan porno theater; the sounds emanating from inside seem slowly to seduce her, and she focuses her fantasies on one of the regular customers—a mysterious older man who appears to have crime-syndicate connections. Gordon is not gifted with dialogue, but the film's long silent sequences spin an enveloping otherworldly atmosphere.
Dave Kehr
Here (and above) is the trailer.

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