This coming Tuesday night, I'll be talking at Parsons about Petri's deeply excellent The 10th Victim (1965), linkages between exploitation film and credit, melodramatic realism, the need to make a future look like buttons no longer exit on clothing but that all machines have too many of them, Ursula Andress, and the self-annihilation of the species. Come join, it'll be a blast. Info here, despite the misdescription of the "scholarly"-ness of much of anything I write:
FASHION IN FILM: MelodramaTishman Auditorium
Free and open to the public Speakers John Epperson, Tom Kalin, and Evan Calder Williams revisit camp classics, making the case that a pioneering use of fashion and style to dramatize cultural, social, and political taboos renders each film a masterpiece.
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?