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Film series explores power of looking

November 9, 2016
Faye Dunaway focuses a camera.Faye Dunaway stars in the thriller "The Eyes of Laura Mars," directed by Irvin Kershner in 1978.

Is there power in being watched? And in looking? When is the viewer—or the one being viewed—vulnerable? A film series this fall considers such questions through thrillers, documentaries, and more, spanning settings that include 1970s New York, 1980s West Berlin, and contemporary Afghanistan.

Titled “(In)visibility,” the series is cocurated by the George Eastman Museum and InVisible Culture, an electronic journal for visual culture founded and edited by students in the Graduate Program in Visual and Cultural Studies. The films are being screened in honor of the journal’s founding 25 years ago. This fall’s anniversary issue of InVisible Culture is dedicated to the theme of security and visibility; the series examines the topic cinematically and celebrates the partnership between the University’s program and the museum.

The six films are Peeping Tom on November 10, Neither Heaven nor Earth on November 11, The Eyes of Laura Mars on November 17, Wings of Desire on December 1, Images of the World and the Inscription of War on December 8, and Caché on December 15. All will be screened at 8 p.m. at the Dryden Theatre at the Eastman Museum.

For more information, visit the Dryden Theatre’s website: https://www.eastman.org/film-series/invisibility.

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Category: The Arts