Summer Cinema at MOCAK. Shirley – Visions of Reality
04.08.2017 at 9 pm
Throughout the summer holidays, you are welcome to our evening cinema show to see films related to the issues raised in the exhibition Art in Art. The screenings take place on Fridays at 9 pm under the arches at MOCAK, from 7 to 25 August.
Each screening will be preceded by an introduction by the film expert Adrian D. Kowalski, who will be talking about the presence of art in cinema.
Friday 4 August, 9 pm
Shirley – Visions of Reality
(2013) by Gustav Deutsch
Running time: 1 h 33 min
In English, with Polish subtitles.
13 of Edward Hopper’s paintings are brought alive by the film, telling the story of a woman, whose thoughts, emotions and contemplations lets us observe an era in American history. Shirley is a woman in America in the 1930s, ‘40s, ‘50s, and early ‘60s. A woman who would like to influence the course of history with her professional and socio-political involvement. A woman who does not accept the reality of the Depression years, WWII, the McCarthy era, race conflicts and civil rights campaigns as given but rather as generated and adjustable. A woman whose work as an actress has familiarised her with the staging of reality, the questioning and shaping of it; an actress who doesn’t identify her purpose and future with that of solo success or stardom but who strives to give social potency to theatre as part of a collective. A woman who cannot identify with the traditional role model of a wife yet longs to have a life partner. A woman who does not compromise in moments of professional crisis and is not afraid to take on menial jobs to secure her livelihood. A woman who in a moment of private crisis decides to stick with her partner and puts her own professional interest on the back burner. A woman who is infuriated by political repression yet not driven to despair, and who has nothing but disdain for betrayal. Shirley, an attractive, charismatic, committed, emancipated woman. [distributor desctiption]