Separating Art from Artist: Where Do We Draw the Line?
Jennifer Fay | associate professor of film and English at Vanderbilt University, where she also directs the program in cinema and media arts
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Hollywood has long promoted a deep association between actors’ lives and the characters they inhabit, between a film’s narrative and its director’s personality. What does it mean when a film depicts fictionalized sexual behavior on screen amidst allegations of off-screen, real life, sexual assault? How does the culture of celebrity promote, excuse, and also expose such predation? And how do we reconcile (and should we?) good films made by suspect people? This seminar takes up this set of questions in light of the current Harvey Weinstein scandal and the long-standing controversies around such directors as Woody Allen and Roman Polanski.
Jennifer Fay is associate professor of film and English at Vanderbilt University, where she also directs the program in cinema and media arts. She specializes in American and continental film theory and history, ecological criticism, and the political economy of cinema. She is author of Theaters of Occupation: Hollywood and the Reeducation of Postwar Germany and Inhospitable World: Cinema in the Time of the Anthropocene (forthcoming from Oxford University Press), as well as the co-author of Film Noir: Hard-Boiled Modernity and the Cultures of Globalization.
After this seminar session, please consider staying for IN A LONELY PLACE, part of the film series, Fifty Cents For Your Soul: Women and the Show Business Boys’ Club.