Sunday, September 30, 1990

Yvonne Rainer Retrospective

Program Four: Journeys From Berlin/1971

San Francisco Art Institute

“Is Journeys… autobiography of fiction? Is it dadaist vaudeville or legitimate filmic research? Is its politics a set-up, a rigged game, mere window dressing thinly masking a formalist adventurism? Are its armchair terrorists and self-absorbed narcissists worthy of being made to voice serious moral-political concerns?” (Y.R., from a 1980 essay) With these questions on the table, Rainer and Journeys From Berlin/1971 “go on to other matters.” A study in narrative progression/digression, Journeys… isolates distinct modes of personal exchange to emphasize (re)occurring connections, conflicts, and concerns. (125 min.)