• Wed-Sat, Jan 15-18

    MS. 45

    Dir. Abel Ferrara, USA, 1981/2013, 84 min., R, DCP
    Official Website
    On Wednesday, January 15th, prior to the 8:10 pm screening of MS. 45, an introduction from Lisa Williams, instructor of English and Women's Studies at Middle Tennessee State University. BUY TICKETS

    Abel Ferrara’s 1981 revenge thriller classic follows a mute garment-district seamstress— played by the late model/actress/musician/screenwriter Zoë Lund—who after falling victim to multiple unspeakable assaults, ignites her one-woman homicidal rampage against New York City’s entire male population. Now remastered from the original negative materials, MS. 45 returns to theaters uncut for the first time in North America, courtesy of our pals at Drafthouse Films.

    “The genius of MS. 45 is how cleverly Ferrara and his then-regular screenwriter, Nicholas St. John, thread a thin needle. The film could be called a feminist exploitation movie—a contradiction in terms if there ever was one—and it systematically defies the rape-revenge thriller by fulfilling all of its requirements while holding them up for examination.” —Scott Tobias, The Dissolve