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Film Series : Stranger Than Fiction

The Disappearance of My Mother

Storia di B. - La scomparsa di mia madre

2019, Beniamino Barrese, Italy, 94 min.

Show Times

  • Sun, Jan 26th 5:00pm
  • Wed, Jan 29th 8:00pm

“An interesting exercise in cinema-as-weapon…entertaining and dexterously crafted.”—Dennis Harvey, Variety

“A tumultuous muse story in which the artist and his inspiration just happen to be blood relations.”—Keith Uhlich, Hollywood Reporter

Mother-son tensions escalate into guerilla warfare filtered through the camera lens when the unwilling subject is legendary Italian model Benedetta Barzini, a Sixties icon, and her son is the fledgling filmmaker hellbent on documenting his mother’s life whether she likes it or not. Now a prominent Marxist feminist and Milan university professor who rejects the commercialism of the fashion world, 76-year-old Barzini had early in life forged a brilliant career as an international cover-girl, protégé of Diana Vreeland, and muse of artists including Richard Avedon, Andy Warhol, and Salvador Dalí. The push-pull of this filmmaking process teeters between abuse and love, revealing a headstrong shape-shifter who revels in the slovenly demeanor of a chain-smoking bag-lady to thwart her director, but who is yet a lioness in the classroom, and a blazing goddess in a rare guest turn on the catwalk for London Fashion Week. In Italian and English with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

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