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TIX ON SALE FOR VIRGINIE SELAVY’S “THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES: SADO-MASOCHISM IN 1960S-70S CINEMA”

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TICKETS ON SALE FOR VIRGINIE SELAVY’S “THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES: SADO-MASOCHISM IN 1960S-70S CINEMA”


AT THE MISKATONIC INSTITUTE OF HORROR STUDIES – LONDON
www.miskatonic-london.com

As Fifty Shades of Grey invades cinemas, London audiences will have a chance to learn about the more daring predecessors of this mainstream take on S&M and widen their knowledge of filmic erotica. The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies – London is pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale for its third class, The Battle of the Sexes: Sado-Masochism in 1960s-70s Cinema” on Thursday March 12th. The class will be taught by Electric Sheep Magazine founder and editor Virginie Sélavy.

THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES: SADO-MASOCHISM IN 1960S-70S CINEMA
Thursday 12 March, 7pm-10pm
Instructor: Virginie Sélavy
Event details: http://www.miskatonic-london.com/events/thebattleofthesexes/
Tickets: £10 advance / £11 on the door / £8 concs

Tickets HERE: www.wegottickets.com/event/310105

In the 1960s-70s, the relaxation of censorship, together with women’s greater social assertiveness, led to the appearance of a substantial number of art and/or exploitative films that explored male/female relationships through sexual power games. A large sub-section, including Mario Bava’s The Whip and the Body (1963), Luis Buñuel’s Belle de jour (1967), Sergio Martino’s The Strange Vice of Mrs Wardh (1971) and Vicente Aranda’s The Blood Spattered Bride delve into what are presented as women’s secret repressed desires and internal conflicts. Aside from his numerous Sade adaptations, Jess Franco also dreamily explored female characters who are both victims and tormentors in Venus in Furs (1969) and Succubus (1968). Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Woman in Chains (1968) and Alain Robbe-Grillet’s Eden and After (1970) create hyper-aesthetic worlds of kinky abstract obsession while in Kôji Wakamatsu’s The Embryo Hunts in Secret (1966) and Pete Walker’s House of Whipcord (1974), the violence of amorous relationships takes on social and political connotations. Artist Niki de Saint Phalle made two unusual and fascinating contributions to this theme: not only did she co-direct her own semi-autobiographic perverse family fantasy, Daddy with Peter Whitehead (1973), but her art also appears in the fascinating Femina Ridens (Piero Schivazappa, 1968), which toys with expectations about dominant and submissive roles. The lecture will examine all these and more ramifications of the period’s unfettered sado-masochistic fantasies.

About the instructor:
Virginie Sélavy is the founder and editor of Electric Sheep, the online magazine for transgressive cinema. She has edited the collection of essays The End: An Electric Sheep Anthology, and has contributed to World Directory Cinema: Eastern Europe and written about Victorian London in Film Locations: Cities of the Imagination – London. Her work has appeared in various publications, including Sight&Sound, Rolling Stone France, Cineaste and Frieze.

About the Miskatonic Institute:
Named for the fictional university in H.P. Lovecraft’s literary mythos, The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies is a non-profit, community-based organization that started in Canada, founded by Kier-La Janisse in March of 2010. The school currently has branches in Montreal and London, with Miskatonic London operating under the co-direction of Kier-La Janisse and Electric Sheep Founder/Editor Virginie Sélavy.

All classes take place at the historic Horse Hospital, the heart of the city’s underground culture. Individual class tickets are £10 advance / £11 on the door / £8 concessions and will be available 30 days in advance of each class.

For further information, images or interview requests, please contact Miskatonic.london@gmail.com

www.miskatonic-london.com

www.thehorsehospital.com

 

Info:

The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies – London
www.miskatonic-london.com
Pilot season: monthly classes from January to June 2015

Dates: 8 January, 12 February, 12 March, 9 April, 14 May, 11 June

Time: 7-10pm

Venue: Horse Hospital

Address: Colonnade, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1JD

Prices: £10 advance / £11 on the door / £8 concs

 

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