IDENTIFICATION OF A WOMAN
IDENTIFICAZIONE DI UNA DONNA
1982, Janus Films, 128 min, Italy/France, Dir: Michelangelo Antonioni

In his last movie before his debilitating stroke (he did not make another feature until 1995’s BEYOND THE CLOUDS), director Michelangelo Antonioni follows filmmaker Niccolo (Tomas Milian) as he encounters, then loses contact with two beautiful women. On a search for both a committed passion and the ideal woman for his next film, Niccolo hungrily loses himself in sex but is unable to express love. With Daniela Silverio, Christine Boisson, Veronica Lazar, Enrica Fico (the future Mrs. Antonioni) and Marcel Bozzuffi. "The most openly erotic of Antonioni's features, and…one of the most beautiful (what he does with fog in one famous sequence is particularly memorable)…" – Jonathan Rosenbaum, The Chicago Reader.


THE RED KIMONA
1925, 77 min, USA, Dir: Walter Lang, Dorothy Davenport

This sensationalistic drama stars Priscilla Bonner as Gabrielle Darley, who is swept off her feet by an older man only to be deposited in a New Orleans brothel; though she eventually frees herself, scandal continues to dog the young woman. With her late husband stigmatized for drug use, narrator Davenport implores audiences not to judge the central character - which didn’t stop the real-life Gabrielle Darley from filing a lawsuit. Courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive.


THE DARK SIDE OF TOMORROW
1970, Valiant International Pictures, 84 min, USA, Dir: Jack Deerson, Barbara Peeters

With their husbands out of town on business, Denise and Adria, two bored and lonely housewives living in a planned community in Chatsworth, go out for a day on the town, only to stumble upon a young lesbian couple. Igniting Adria’s curiosity and Denise’s long-repressed urges, the two friends begin a secret affair, which is soon threatened by a chance meeting with two attractive young men - who Denise fears will take away her new lover. Co-directed by Barbara Peeters (HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP) and cinematographer Jacques Deerson (TWO LANE BLACKTOP), THE DARK SIDE OF TOMORROW (aka JUST THE TWO OF US) is a low-key and clearly personal examination of sexual awakening, fear and repression. Set against the swinging hippie culture of early-’70s L.A., the film is a valuable portrait of lesbian love as part of the American experience.


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