October 27, 2010


Speakers John Epperson (aka Lypsinka), Tom Kalin, and Evan Calder Williams revisit camp classics, arguing that a pioneering use of fashion and style to dramatize cultural, social, and political taboos renders each film a masterpiece.

All Screenings in Tishman Auditorium
The New School, 66 West 12th Street
7:30-9:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.

November 2
Imitation of Life
Dir. Douglas Sirk, 1959
Introduced by John Epperson

John Epperson, the creator and performer of Lypsinka, returns this season to introduce Douglas Sirk's final film, which features Lana Turner in a career-defining role and gowns by Jean Louis. "Imitation of Life may be the most important movie ever made," Epperson has said. Come find out why. Following the screening, Epperson will hold a Q & A with Susan Kohner, who plays the pivotal role of Sarah Jane in the film.

Join us for a pre-screening reception from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
in the lobby of 66 West 12th Street.

November 9
Lili Marleen
Dir. Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1981
Introduced by Tom Kalin

Tom Kalin, director of the award-winning films Swoon (1992) and Savage Grace (2007), will introduce Fassbinder's cruel satire of a star's rise to fame in Nazi Germany. The film stars Hanna Schgyulla and Giancarlo Giannini and features costumes by Barbara Baum. Long misunderstood, Lili Marleen is now recognized as a masterpiece of the New German Cinema for the way it dramatizes cultural and political narcissism through fashion, music, and stylistic excess.

December 7
The 10th Victim
Dir. Elio Petri, 1965
Introduced by Evan Calder Williams

Evan Calder Williams, author of Combined and Uneven Apocalypse and scholarly essays on film, will introduce Elio Petri's prophetic sci-fi fantasia starring Ursula Andress and Marcello Mastroianni. On a TV game show set in the future, beautiful people in search of fame and fortune kill or be killed while aiming for the biggest product placement possible. Pitted against the stunning and Courrèges-clad Andress, is Mastroianni the hunter or the hunted?