Regarding Susan Sontag (USA)
Nancy Kates’s fascinatingly unfascist film regards Sontag in the French sense—that is, it looks at how the great essayist (and not-so-great novelist) was viewed before the role of public intellectual became obsolete. Sontag herself might have been against the overinterpretation provided by graphic-design segments, given the wealth of stunning archival material already here. Comments from kindred spirits like Fran Lebowitz and Nadine Gordimer are highly cogent, although the somewhat gossip-minded film takes for granted our grasp of Sontag’s groundbreaking, influential, and superbly written treatises on photography, gender, and popular culture. All told, this should be seen by anyone with an interest in language and history.
Cinematheque, September 30 (10:30 a.m.); SFU, October 8 (6:30 p.m.) and 9 (10:30 a.m.)