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.
Portraits of Women Program 2
Thursday, May 13, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
Phyllis Wattis Theater
Office Killer, Cindy Sherman, 1997, 82 min., 35mm
Image: Cindy Sherman, Office Killer, 1997; courtesy of Strand Releasing