Other Reckless Things

"Other Reckless Things" (1984), a short film by Janis Crystal Lipzin.

Other Reckless Things

Janis Crystal Lipzin: Other Reckless Things

A response to a bizarre newspaper account of a woman in Ithaca, N.Y. who performed a Caesarean section on herself.

.. a daring yet subtle reflection on the anomalies of birth and self-mutilation. (Kate Regan, San Francisco Chronicle)

The film alternates medical footage ... with clips of the news report - bringing into question issues of invasion of privacy, voyeurism, control over one's body and the use of technology in situations that may not require it. Zweig's text ... is as chilling as the images .... (Will Torphy, Artweek)

... extraordinary and disturbing .... (Larry Kardish, Museum of Modern Art, NY)

Like Goya ... overpowering imagery floods the viewer ... a break-through for social and poetic filmmaking ... [and] a courageous advancement in the history of cinema. (Joyce Wieland)

US, color, sound, 20min, 1984

 

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