Back in February, Brooklyn Academy of Music’s BAMcinématek held “Vengeance is Hers,” a series of films featuring cinema’s greatest heroines and anti-heroines, and it was so popular that they had to bring it back. BAMcinématek has announced “Back with a Vengeance,” a redux of the series that will run from April 18-27.
Highlights returning from the original series include Colin Higgins’ “Nine to Five” starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton as office employees overthrowing their sexist boss; and “Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles,” Chantal Ackerman’s masterful 201-minute portrait of a widowed mother over the course of three days.
“Vengeance is Hers” featured the Pam Grier-starring, Jack Hill-directed blaxploitation classic “Coffy.” Hill and Grier’s follow-up, “Foxy Brown,” about a woman masquerading as a prostitute to get revenge on the men who killed her boyfriend, will serve as an appropriate successor. Grier’s Brown will be joined by another fox, Bette Davis in William Wyler’s 1941 melodrama “The Little Foxes,” based on Lillian Hellman’s stage play.
A special event at “Back with a Vengeance:” the screening of Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen’s rarely-screened 1977 experimental film “Riddles of the Sphinx,” a major influence on feminist film theory. Other highlights include the female-directed biker movie “Bury Me an Angel,” Sarah Jacobson’s underground short “I Was a Teenage Serial Killer,” Michael Curtiz’s “Mildred Pierce” noir-melodrama companion “Flamingo Road” (also starring Joan Crawford), Clint Eastwood’s “Sudden Impact,” and Ousmane Sembene’s “Xala,” a satire of post-colonial corruption.
The series closes with François Truffaut’s memorably florid Hitchcock tribute “The Bride Wore Black,” which sees French New Wave icon Jeanne Moreau going on a mission to kill the five men who murdered her husband on their wedding day (the film would make an interesting double feature with Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill”).
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