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Maria Schneider, 1983 + Shulie

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Director: Elisabeth Subrin
2022 / 62min / DCP

In Maria Schneider, 1983, actresses Manal Issa, Aïssa Maïga and Isabel Sandoval recreate a 1983 French TV interview with Maria Schneider, which takes a turn when she’s asked about the filming of Last Tango in Paris with Bernardo Bertolucci and Marlon Brando a decade before. Taken together, they not only perform Schneider’s words and gestures, but inhabit them through their own identities, “bringing this maligned actress into the present, conjuring her into power, throwing their own bodies on the line to salvage hers.” (B. Ruby Rich, Film Quarterly). Screens with Shulie, Subrin and collaborator Kim Soss produce a playful, provocative recreation of a 1967 documentary portrait of second-wave feminist writer and activist Shulamith Firestone, made when was still an art student in Chicago.

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