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NO NAME CINEMA presents: Variety (1983, Bette Gordon)
January 15, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bette Gordon’s 1983 cult classic Variety (recent 2K restoration from original camera negative overseen by the director – New Mexico Premiere!) – with opening shorts: Monsters s2 ep13 “HABITAT” (Directed by Bette Gordon) & Weeki Wachee Mermaids on 8mm film (circa 1950?)
Free to attend (donations accepted) * Free popcorn * VACCINATION REQUIRED
Variety (directed by Bette Gordon / 1983 / 100 mins / color / sound / digital) ~ A landmark independent film that challenges common notions about feminism & pornography, presented in a new director-approved 2K restoration from the original camera negative! (NM PREMIERE) The film follows Christine, a bright and unassuming young woman, after she takes a job selling tickets at a porno theater near Times Square. Christine soon develops an obsession that begins to consume her life, finding self-expression through an interest in porn. Controversial & highly personal, Variety puts a spin on the Film Noir genre (famously being called “a feminist Vertigo” by LA WEEKLY). Emerging out of the 80’s underground NYC arts scene, Variety contains the contributions of an impressive array of talent, including Kathy Acker, Tom DiCillo, Nan Goldin, Luis Guzman & John Lurie.
Monsters s2 ep13 (directed by Bette Gordon / 1990 / 21 mins / color / sound / digital) ~ A woman agrees to be an alien test subject, only to lose her mind with loneliness in this episode of the low-budget syndicated TV show, Monsters. Directed by Bette Gordon & starring Lili Taylor in an extended monologue performance written by novelist David Morrell (of ‘First Blood’ fame).
WEEKI WACHEE MERMAIDS (circa 1950’s / 3 mins / Silent / 8mm film) ~ Weeki Wachee Springs, FL is the home of a tourist trap where the deepest fresh-water cave system in the country is inhabited by young women in fishtail costumes who perform underwater using an air hose. While the mermaids perform within the natural spring waters, it’s the voyeuristic spectators who are enclosed in a man made structure while viewing the show through windows installed in the underground limestone walls. This battered & grainy mid-century film print hails from a time when the Old Florida site was at its height in world acclaim.