Liberty’s Booty & Beauty Becomes the Beast
Director: Nan Goldin / Vivienne Dick x 2
USA / 2019-20 / 1980 / 1979 / 15 min / 48 min / 40 min
Last screened on Fri, Jul 31
Live Screening introduced by Nan Goldin.
Photographer, and Metrograph’s inaugural guest film curator, Nan Goldin presents the digital debut of Sirens, her first work made up solely of found-footage video. Scored by Mica Levi, Sirens assembles clips from movies by the likes of Kenneth Anger, Lynne Ramsay, Michelangelo Antonioni, Henri-Georges Clouzot, and Jack Smith, as well as wild documentary footage of the Manson family. “Echoing the enchanting call of the Sirens from Greek mythology, who lured sailors to their untimely deaths on rocky shores, this hypnotic work visually and acoustically entrances the viewer into the euphoria of being high,” explains the Marian Goodman Gallery, where the film debuted in the fall as part of Goldin’s same-titled installation. Sirens, dedicated to the first black supermodel Donyale Luna, who overdosed on heroin at the age of 33, will be accompanied by two works from renowned No Wave filmmaker Vivienne Dick: Liberty’s Booty, a nonjudgmental portrait of middle-class “prostitution,” and Beauty Becomes the Beast, a powerful look at the complexities of being a woman, starring Lydia Lunch.