Tonight the Cinematheque presents works by three women who pioneered a filmic sensibility, lyrical and sensuous yet tough. They share a determination to explore interior concerns by using the surface of the film as a kind of metaphor. De Hirsch draws on film to approximate the moods of dream and ritual and to mimic sensory derangement. Schneemann manipulates her material to create a powerful subjective chronicle of the breakup of a relationship, a personal exorcism. Nelson uses the impressionistic imagery to suggest the unconscious, in a search for identity and resolution of self. The program includes: De Hirsch’s trilogy The Color of Ritual The Color of Thought, Schneemann’s Plumbline, Nelson’s Moons Pool. Notes by MSW.