Thursday, June 2, 2005

To Murder the Cinema: Visions of Marguerite Duras

Program 2: India Song

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Two Shows at 7 and 9:15 -brand new 35mm print!

Her best known film, India Song (1975) is a Durasian love story and an exploration of the melodic power and autonomy of off-screen voice. Set in India of the 1930s during monsoon season, a beautiful diplomat’s wife (Delphine Seyrig) suffers from “colonial sickness,” haunted by the specter of a beggar woman and unable to engage with the world and the suitors who surround her. While the images reveal only a luxurious gathering of an indolent colonial elite, the voices evoke frustrated passions and the desolation of characters who cannot act upon their desires nor articulate the horror which occasionally pierces their choreographed world.