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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


Zorns Lemma

1970, Hollis Frampton, USA, 60 min.


  • Tue, Nov 12th 6:00pm

The Holy Girl

La niña santa

2004, Lucrecia Martel, Argentina, 106 min.
With Mercedes Morán, Carlos Bell


  • Fri, Nov 15th 4:00pm
  • Tue, Nov 19th 6:00pm

Three Times

2005, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Taiwan/France, 135 min.
With Shu Qi, Chang Chen


New digital restoration!

Daughter of the Nile

Ni luo he nyu er / 尼羅河的女兒

1987, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Taiwan, 93 min.
With Lin Yang, Jack Kao.


  • Fri, Nov 22nd 3:45pm
  • Tue, Nov 26th 6:00pm

The Blood of Jesus

1941, Spencer Williams, USA, 57 min.
With Cathryn Caviness, Spencer Williams


  • Tue, Dec 10th 6:00pm