Screen Studies Lecture: “Klute Beckons: A Feminist Workout”
“Klute Beckons: A Feminist Workout”
A Public Lecture by Professor Amelie Hastie
By the end of the 1970s, Jane Fonda’s whole body was moving, and millions were moving with her. Watching her exercise video in 1982 wasn’t exactly a passive act — but then neither is watching her 1970s films. Primarily focusing on the 1971 film Klute (Alan J. Pakula), this lecture will consider the intersecting gestures — physical, political, affective — that are shared between Fonda, Klute‘s Bree Daniels, and her films’ viewers. In the midst of feminism’s second wave, a film about a “call girl” who is endangered by a murderous stalker may not seem like an invitation to political action. Yet in following the beckoning of Bree’s funny hands, our own acts of spectatorial recognition are also potential acts of feminist defiance against the very systems that appear to hold Bree and Fonda in place.
Time and Place
Thursday August 1, 5-7pm
SSB Lecture Theatre 200
Social Sciences Building