Thursday, May 26 at 8 PM

This month’s provocative VIS-À-VIS selection features two mid-century housewives on the verge of sexual and social revolution beyond the humdrum performances of marital complacency.

BELLE DU JOUR, Luis Buñuel’s electrifying 1967 classic, follows housewife Séverine Serizy, who, disillusioned by her lukewarm marriage, begins working at a high-class brothel where the sadistic and sexual overlap. Similarly, in I LOVE LUCY, icon housewife Lucy Ricardo, the iconic housewife, also attempts to transgress the expectations and exasperation of her marriage. In “Lucy is Envious” (1953), Lucy and confidant Ethel pose as women from Mars for a publicity stunt to pay for an extravagant expense, much to the dismay of her husband. Join us for this jagged dialogue between two women ousting the humdrum from home life.

VIS-Á-VIS is an ongoing program curated by Brenda Contreras and Navid Sinaki that pairs experimental and narrative works to present the dialogues and deviations when seemingly disparate styles are placed side by side and face to face. Presented with the USC Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive.

Doors open at 7:30PM

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