Saturday, March 30, 7:00 PM
Pre-show introduction by director Jane Gillooly;
Q+A with director follows
$8 members + students
Suitcase of Love and Shame
A FILM BY JANE GILLOOLY
Suitcase of Love and Shame reconstructs a mesmerizing narrative from 60 hours of reel-to-reel audiotape discovered in a suitcase purchased on eBay. Recorded in the 1960s, the tapes chronicle an adulterous love affair between a Mid-western woman and her lover. The film suggestively foregrounds the recorder as confidant, witness, and omnipresent participant that the lovers come to depend on, forming a welcome ménage-à-trois.
These captivating recordings speak to an audience that can remember Bert Parks hosting Miss America, as well as one that has never set finger to a rotary phone. Tender, erotic, and pathetic, this forbidden love story plays out in a decade that would soon spawn the sexual revolution. The film underscores the sexual experience of the time—deeply hidden from public view—while also mirroring the popular compulsion to confess indiscretions in today's cyber world.
Addressing the morals laws of 1960s America, the devastation of divorce, and the clandestine lives many adult Americans were forced to lead, Suitcase of Love and Shame offers an honest portrayal of the personal dynamics of an unhappy marriage, and explores the effects of institutionalized sexism, popular culture, and new recording technology on peoples' lives.
Director Jane Gillooly introduces the film; Q+A with the director follows.