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Beyond the Canon: Invisible Adversaries + Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Sat, Sep 14, 2019
  • 2PM
RUN TIME: 224min
MEMBERS: $8 (free for Level 4 and above)
+  Invisible Adversaries will screen first, followed by Invasion of the Body Snatchers
September 2019
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Saturday September 14, 2019
Performances no longer available.
Invisible Adversaries

Dir. Valie Export
With Susanne Widl, Peter Weibel, Josef Plavec
1977, 109min


A Viennese photographer sees the world go haywire before her eyes as a band of sinister space aliens take over the brains of her fellow citizens. Austrian multimedia visionary Valie Export’s debut feature is this avant-garde sci-fi satire incorporating elements of video and performance art. It’s a subversive, hallucinatory essay on gender and sexuality that plays “as if the Godard of Numéro Deux was reincarnated as a woman and decided to make a feminist version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers” (Amy Taubin).

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Dir. Philip Kaufman
With Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Jeff Goldblum
1978, 115min, 35mm


The rare remake to equal—and perhaps surpass—the original, this disturbing update of the 1950s science fiction classic charts the fear that tears through a San Francisco community when alien pod people begin replacing the residents. Steeped in the paranoid atmosphere of 1970s conspiracy thrillers, this Invasion infuses the premise with visceral shocks and a provocative exploration of distrust and dehumanization in the era of Vietnam and Watergate.

Beyond the Canon: Invisible Adversaries + Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Beyond the Canon: Invisible Adversaries + Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Women are always doppelgängers. Critic John Berger wrote that a woman is “almost continually accompanied by her own image of herself” through a prickly self-surveillance. Such double vision imbues the oeuvre of Austrian artist-agitator Valie Export.

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