Kathryn Bigelow’s The Loveless and John Lurie’s Men in Orbit
In downtown New York film, narrative and meaning are often presented with irony. In Men in Orbit (1979, 45 mins.), John Lurie casts himself and Eric Mitchell in a parody of a NASA space flight. These bodies in space recall TV news coverage and Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, transported to a recession era when the dream of space travel has been negated. Kathryn Bigelow’s The Loveless (co-directed with Monty Montgomery, 1981, 82 mins. With Willem Dafoe.) presents the audience with the costumes, gestures, and poses of a 1950s era Wild One, stripped of its original meaning. Also featured will be music videos by Robert Longo, for “The One I Love” by R.E.M. and “Peace Sells” by Megadeth, which represent another way visual artists engaged with mainstream culture.
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