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BETTE GORDON: THE ARTIST THAT PAINTS IMAGES WITH LIGHT

By Víctor Paz Morandeira

American filmmaker Bette Gordon was in the spotlight in 2020 due to the recent restoration of her cult film Variety (1983), which found an obstacle in its way to theaters in the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately Play-Doc International Film Festival (Tui, Spain) gave us the opportunity this year to discover this gem on the big screen. The story depicts the life of a young woman who works in a porn theater in Manhattan selling tickets. Not only does the film subvert the traditional idea of female representation, but it also shows hidden unconventional human landscapes of New York by having the protagonist follow a mysterious client around the city. Gordon inverts the Madeleine-like stereotype of the beauty that exists only for the pleasure of the male gaze in a very playful way, delivering a feminist film – profoundly influenced by Laura Mulvey’s essays put into practice – that does not feel militant at all.

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FICUNAM 2020: VARIETY DE BETTE GORDON

Por Mónica Delgado

Hace algunos días culminó la 10° edición del Festival Internacional de Cine de la Universidad Autónoma de México (Ficunam), que tuvo en su competencia mas de una docena de películas mexicanas, muchas de ellas en estreno mundial, y una sección oficial con lo mejor del cine reciente. Entre sus puntos más altos, estuvo la proyección de un film restaurado, la increíble Variety (1983), ópera prima de Bette Gordon, icono de la contracultura newyorkina de finales de los setenta, que afianzó una carrera como cineasta y docente en las décadas posteriores.

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