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Three-Way: A Trilogy of Vintage Erotica
May 19, 2011 - May 26, 2011
Screening Room


It's rarely a bad idea to show some sex films. I mean...really. This is a small series and is intended, certainly, to entertain. But it's also intended to investigate both the fantasies and realities of sexual representation — that uncomfortable space where we so often find a huge gap. When you place a slick, erotic daydream like Camille 2000 against the gritty reality of A Labor of Love, the difference becomes all the more stark. And then there's The Wild Pussycat, a masterpiece of what-the-fuck-is-this-ism. It combines erotic scenes with some pretty rough sadism — but somehow becomes an intense, unintentional black comedy instead of a just another crappy 60s sexploitation picture. Combined, I hope the three films illustrate some of the perils and positives of depicting sex, and raise questions about how, or if, anything has ultimately changed. Stay tuned for 'Three-Way Redux: A Trilogy of Contemporary Erotica,' coming soon.

— Joel Shepard, Film & Video Curator
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  • Camille 2000
    May 19, 2011 6:30pm
    May 21, 2011 6:30pm
    Screening Room

    By Radley Metzger
    Softcore sexploitation at its most stylish and sophisticated. Armand is a suave bachelor new to Rome, and gorgeous Marguerite is the prize catch of high society. Armand decides he must have her, but she is full of dark secrets... Camille 2000 has it all; delightfully retro costumes, kinky orgies, lavish palaces, champagne, ultra-cool cinematography, and a funky lounge score by cult composer Piero Piccioni. (1969, 115 min, 35mm)

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    Thu, May 19, 7:30 pm »

    Sat, May 21, 7:30 pm »

  • A Labor of Love
    May 19, 2011 – May 21, 2011
    Screening Room

    By Robert Flaxman & Dan Goldman
    Director Robert Flaxman in person at both screenings!
    An extremely rare documentary on the first and only hardcore feature film made in Chicago, A Labor of Love is just as much a chronicle of low-budget filmmaking as it is a study of the personal conflicts which come into play during the creation of a piece of "pornography," and the social mores which are violated. As the actors and crew members are interviewed, the filmmakers weave an intricate tableau of how those involved are both bonded and disheartened. (1976, 72 min, 16mm)

    "...captures exactly what pornography cannot permit: the human reality of the sexual experience." — Roger Ebert
    Read Ebert's original 1976 review »

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    Fri, May 20, 7:30 pm »

    Sun, May 22, 2 pm »

  • The Wild Pussycat
    May 26, 2011 6:30pm
    Screening Room

    By Dimis Dadiras

    The Greatest Film Ever Made?
    We showed this film in May 2007, and everyone who was there (including YBCA’s Executive Director) will never forget it. A plot summary would sound insane. Let’s just say it’s the sick (and completely hilarious) story of a woman who takes revenge on her abusive, lecherous boyfriend. Sit back, say goodbye to sanity, and allow The Wild Pussycat to sink its claws into your soul. (1969, 88 min, 35mm)

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YBCA's programs are made possible in part by:
The San Francisco Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
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