FASHION IN FILM: Melodrama

Speakers John Epperson, Tom Kalin, and Evan Calder Williams revisit camp classics, making the case that a pioneering use of fashion and style to dramatize cultural, social, and political taboos renders each film a masterpiece.


imitation_of_life_turnerNovember 2 | IMITATION OF LIFE | Dir. Douglas Sirk, 1959 | Introduced by JOHN EPPERSON | Q & A with actress SUSAN KOHNER

John Epperson, the creator and performer of Lypsinka, returns this season to introduce Douglas Sirk’s final film, which features Lana Turner in a career-defining role and gowns by Jean Louis. “Imitation of Life may be the most important movie ever made,” Epperson has said. Come find out why. Following the screening, Epperson will hold a Q & A with Susan Kohner, who plays the pivotal role of Sarah Jane in the film.

Join us for a pre-screening reception from 6:30-7:30pm in the lobby of 66 W 12th Street.




lili_marleen_schgyullaNovember 9 | LILI MARLEEN | Dir. Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1981 | Introduced by TOM KALIN

Tom Kalin, director of the award-winning films Swoon (1992) and Savage Grace (2007), will introduce Fassbinder’s dark satire of a star’s rise to fame in Nazi Germany. The film stars Hanna Schygulla and Giancarlo Giannini, and features costumes by Barbara Baum. Long misunderstood, Lili Marleen is now recognized as a masterpiece of the New German Cinema for the way it dramatizes cultural and political narcissism through fashion, music, and stylistic excess.




the-10th-victim-1965December 7 | THE 10TH VICTIM | Dir. Elio Petri, 1965 | Introduced by EVAN CALDER WILLIAMS

Evan Calder Williams, author of Combined and Uneven Apocalypse and scholarly essays on film, will introduce Elio Petri’s prophetic sci-fi fantasia starring Ursula Andress and Marcello Mastroianni. On a TV game show set in the future, beautiful people in search of fame and fortune kill or be killed while aiming for the biggest product placement possible. Pitted against the stunning and Courrèges-clad Andress, is Mastroianni the hunter or the hunted?



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