Sunday, June 8, 1997

Spectacular Women

Luther Price and Josef von Sternberg

San Francisco Art Institute

Tonight’s program pairs two fantasy creations of female exotica, Luther Price’s new tour de force feature A (1996, 70 min., super-8mm, sound) and Josef von Sternberg’s The Scarlet Empress (1934, 109 min.). Luther’s most ambitious film to date (“Roses are red, blood is black”,-L.P.) reveals the fantasies of ‘Edie’, a character unleashed by the obssessions created through countless hours spent watching brilliant women movie stars of the past. The Scarlet Empress is one of Sternberg’s most bizarre and beautiful concoctions, his lushly stylized vision of Marlene Dietrich as Catherine the Great in Czarist Russia.