Film Screening

Thursday, May 13, 2010
Portraits of Women Program 2

Part of 75 Years in the Dark: A Partial History of Film at SFMOMA

Portraits of Women Program 2

Date + Time

Thursday, May 13, 2010
7:00 p.m.

Location

Phyllis Wattis Theater

Overview

Office Killer, Cindy Sherman, 1997, 82 min., 35mm

Sherman's photographic work is rooted in cinema: her careful staging of self-portraits that evoke stereotypical images of women also addresses issues of transformation, fantasy, and projections of the self. Her humorous yet compelling take on social constructs extends to this film, a horror movie set in an office filled with characters seemingly picked from her self-portraits. After a demanding writer is electrocuted while trying to fix his computer, a mousy copy editor (Carol Kane) decides to take the body home to assuage her loneliness. She eventually amasses in her mother's basement a collection of bodies of coworkers and strangers who have crossed her path. When a computer tech (Michael Imperioli) gets suspicious over the disappearances, things come to a head.

Admission + Ticketing

$5 general; free for SFMOMA members or with museum admission (requires a free ticket, which can be picked up in the Haas Atrium). Tickets are available at the museum (with no surcharge) or online.

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Image: Cindy Sherman, Office Killer, 1997; courtesy of Strand Releasing