Staff Pick: Yvonne Rainer’s PRIVILEGE in 16mm

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“(Rainer’s) most accessible film to date. Who else could spin hot flashes, Lenny Bruce, Carmen Miranda and soul on ice into such a pungent brew?” -Village Voice

PRIVILEGE, Yvonne Rainer’s sixth feature is a genuinely subversive movie about menopause. Out of a subject that has been virtually invisible on film, Rainer has fashioned a witty, risky work about sexual identity and the unequal economies of race, gender and class.

PRIVILEGE is set in motion by clips from an old black and white educational film, facts and data shot off a Macintosh computer, and a cast of characters with varied, provocative, and often contrasting political critiques. Jenny, the white middle-aged protagonist, agrees to be interviewed by Yvonne, an African-American friend who is making a documentary on menopause. Her candid observations are punctuated by a hot flashback of RASHOMON-like intensity, which reveals an experience she has kept secret for 25 years.

Directed by Yvonne Rainer. 1990. 103min. 16mm

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