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Viewing Positions

Lecturer: Fred Camper

From August 30 through December 10, we offer a series of fourteen programs entitled Viewing Positions, with weekly Tuesday lectures by Fred Camper, artist and longtime art and film critic for the Chicago Reader and many other publications. The series is presented in cooperation with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism. Additional screenings of the films on Friday or Saturday do not include Fred Camper's lecture. Admission to all Viewing Positions programs is $5 for Film Center members; usual admission prices apply for non-members.

—Martin Rubin

This series will use a wide variety of films to demonstrate the different relationships that films establish with the viewer, and the thematic, cultural, and ideological implications of those differences. One opposition observed will be between classical Hollywood films that try to involve the viewer in the world of the story without calling attention to their style, and a film such as MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA, which exposes the secrets of how a film is constructed, becoming, in effect, the story of its own making. Other models include the tangled emotionalism of Yvonne Rainer’s feminism, the voyeurism of Andy Warhol, and the transhuman view of the Robert Bresson film whose protagonist is a donkey.

—Fred Camper


Shadow of a Doubt

1943, Alfred Hitchcock, USA, 108 min.
With Joseph Cotten, Teresa Wright


  • Fri, Aug 30th 4:00pm
  • Tue, Sep 3rd 6:00pm

Battleship Potemkin

Bronenosets Potyomkin

1925, Sergei Eisenstein, Russia, 70 min.


  • Fri, Sep 6th 3:45pm
  • Tue, Sep 10th 6:00pm

Man with a Movie Camera

Chelovek s kino-apparatom

1929, Dziga Vertov, USSR, 68 min.


  • Fri, Sep 13th 3:45pm
  • Tue, Sep 17th 6:00pm


1931, Fritz Lang, Germany, 111 min.
With Peter Lorre, Otto Wernicke


  • Fri, Sep 20th 3:45pm
  • Tue, Sep 24th 6:00pm

Late Spring


1949, Yasujiro Ozu, Japan, 108 min.
With Chishu Ryu, Setsuko Hara


  • Fri, Sep 27th 3:45pm
  • Tue, Oct 1st 6:00pm

Au Hasard Balthazar

1966, Robert Bresson, France, 95 min.
With Anne Wiazemsky, François Lefarge


  • Fri, Oct 4th 6:00pm
  • Tue, Oct 8th 6:00pm

Too Early, Too Late

Trop tôt, Trop tard

1982, Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub, France/Egypt, 100 min.


  • Fri, Oct 11th 3:45pm
  • Tue, Oct 15th 6:00pm

From the Other Side

De l'autre côté

2002, Chantal Akerman, Belgium/France, 103 min.


  • Fri, Oct 18th 3:45pm
  • Tue, Oct 22nd 6:00pm

Film About a Woman Who...

1974, Yvonne Rainer, USA, 90 min.
With Dempster Leech, Shirley Soffer


  • Tue, Oct 29th 6:00pm

Beauty #2

1965, Andy Warhol, USA, 66 min.
With Edie Sedgwick, Gino Piserchio


  • Tue, Nov 5th 6:00pm