Part of Essentials of Feminist Cinema.
Finally receiving a long-overdue theatrical run in 2015, LOSING GROUND, one of the first feature films written and directed by a black woman, is a groundbreaking romance exploring women’s sexuality, modern marriage, and the life of artists and scholars. But most of all, it is a great film, one that firmly belongs in the canon of American independent cinema in the 1980s. Sara (Seret Scott) is a philosophy professor and her husband Victor (Bill Gunn) is a painter. With their personal and professional lives at a crossroads, they leave the city for the country, experiencing a reawakening, both together and separately. Also featuring Duane Jones (NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD), the film is honest, funny and wise. Losing Ground LOSING GROUND is a testament to the remarkable playwright, professor and filmmaker Kathleen Collins, and a reminder of the immense talent that was lost when she passed away in 1988 at age 46. A Milestone Films release.
“LOSING GROUND has been described as ‘a black female’s existential journey’ that incorporates humour and drama. However, Kathleen Collins cleverly reflects a time of change and widens the narrative of emerging women filmmakers. This sophisticated drama about a female professor and her life’s dilemmas, should be constantly referenced when discussing female filmmakers who have widened the female narrative and found new approaches to filmmaking.” —Tracy Francis, Women in Film (UK) “A nearly lost masterwork...Collins’s calm, analytical compositions, with their bright colors and lambent light, form lyrical tableaux that highlight the actors’ vulnerable intimacy...LOSING GROUND plays like the record of a life revealed in real time.” —Richard Brody, The New Yorker
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