BODY POLITICS (Sex, politics, and humor in Italian cinema, 1964-1980) with Marriage Italian Style (35mm), Decameron (35mm), To Be Twenty, Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key, and City of Women.
Nitehawk Cinema, New York | February – May 2017
Nitehawk Naughties 2017 program, Body Politics, presents a corporeal selection of Italian films (1964-1980) that position sexuality in terms of politics. These films address changing gender roles and challenge bourgeois ideology of this time period with provocative stories where strong women play a central role. Body Politics features five films by iconic Italian filmmakers who uniquely combined sex and power on the big screen: Vittorio de Sica’s Marriage Italian Style (Matrimonio all’Italiana), Pier Paolo Pasolini’s The Decameron, Fernando Di Leo’s To Be Twenty (Avere Vent’Anni), Sergio Martino’s Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key (Il tuo vizio è una stanza chiusa e solo io ne ho la chiave), and Federico Fellini’s The City of Women (La città delle donne).
For the past three years, Nitehawk Naughties have explored the American porn boom in the early 1970s, the erotic Scandinavian films that influenced them, and a selection of French films that inherently have a sexy je ne sais quoi. These films are possessed with sex!