Film Block: EMBARRASSING LOVE♥
Date/Time: April 16th @ 6:00 pm; April 18th @ 2:00 pm
Love is a term as amorphous and volatile as those I know who have participated in it. It has been married to just about every adjective you could think of–punch-drunk, crazy stupid, (Dr.) strange, etc. The honest heart of it is, truly, its vulnerability. In this post-nuclear age of ironic posturing, where a surplus of grab-bag criticisms exists at an misanthrope’s disposal, to be nakedly and carelessly in love with something or someone seems to be the ultimate act of rebellion. This risky business is why some feat its honesty, like the eternal manchild of “Stuckey, Private First Class” and react with terrible scorn when things turn sour, such as the heel turn in “Skunk“.
However, it’s the promise of this reward–the platonic ideal of a geometrically precise and perfect love–that drives people to preposterously cringe-worthy behavior. Whether it be an upsettingly over-wrought romantic gesture, as in “The Gospel of Hip Bones” or “Serenade“, or an obsession so manic they have to drag you away with a look of comatose joy on your face, (“El Sol Como Un Gran Animal Oscuro“), or a commitment to a paramour perhaps the whole world would never understand, a la “Dolphin Lover“, love is embarrassing. You have to ask, when we’re mocked and knocked down, do we retreat from the light, never to risk a thing again–or do we simply go on to love another day? I’m not sure which is best, but it’s safe to say the latter gives us far better films.
-Pedro LopezDeVictoria, Program Coordinator