Friday, January 3, 2014

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again....

Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine
in Hitchcock's Rebecca (1940)
Queer/Art/Film, curated by filmmakers Ira Sachs and Adam Baran, launches its 2014 Winter season with a screening of Alfred Hitchcock's Oscar-winning Rebecca at IFC Center on Monday, January 13.

So what could make this particular return to Manderley even more fun? How about having the great Lea DeLaria on hand to present it?
New bride Joan Fontaine is thrilled after marrying rich and charming Laurence Olivier, but everything comes tumbling down when she moves in with him and his creepy housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers, played with gothic lesbian perfection by Dame Judith Anderson. Will the memory of the first Mrs. DeWinter ruin their bliss? And just how did she die, exactly?
Hitchcock’s Hollywood debut netted him his only Best Picture Oscar and the fascination of queer film fans like actress, comedian and singer Lea DeLaria (currently tearing it up as a lesbian inmate on Netflix smash Orange Is the New Black). She says “To really appreciate Blue is the Warmest Color, Bound, Go Fish, and others, we need to acknowledge the lesbian undertones of Rebecca.” Manderley awaits!
Fontaine with Dame Judith Anderson,
the notorious Mrs. Danvers, in Rebecca
The screening will be followed by drinks and discussion at Julius Bar (159 West 10th Street at Waverly), New York City's oldest gay bar.

For tickets for the screening, click here.

IFC Center
323 6th Avenue (at West 3rd Street), Manhattan

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