Thursday, May 16 at 8:00PM
BLACK CIRCLE CINEMA 002
BARBARA RUBIN’S CHRISTMAS ON EARTH + CAROLEE SCHNEEMANN’S FUSES
Aux Performance Space / Vox Populi Gallery
319 North 11th Street, 3rd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Two epic and erotic depictions of raw sexuality, Christmas on Earth and Fuses are likely to still shock audiences 50 years on from their making. Both subjects of harsh criticism and censorship, these two films are prime examples of filmmaking in the era of sexual liberation. However, these works are not only radical in content but also form: Christmas on Earth is shown with two reels simultaneously projected (along with a soundtrack of AM pop radio hits); Fuses was self-shot and “collaged” by the filmmaker through many different means of stressing the film material, adding layers of physical subtext to the ecstatic struggles depicted.
Christmas on Earth (dir. Barbara Rubin, 1963, US, 16mm double projection, 29’)
Fuses (dir. Carolee Schneemann, 1967, US, 16mm, 30’)