Cinema on the Fringe



Please join us for a discussion with Dr. Gorfinkel about her book Lewd Looks: American Sexploitation Cinema in the 1960s (University of Minnesota Press, 2017).

Elena Gorfinkel is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at King’s College London. Gorfinkel’s research explores: post-war and particularly post 1960s independent cinemas in the United States and histories of marginal filmmaking practices, such as adult films, exploitation and underground cinemas; questions of sexuality, materiality and temporality in cinema; and contemporary art cinemas.  Gorfinkel has also co-edited two books: one on the relationship of place and location to histories and theories of the moving image, Taking Place: Location and the Moving Image, with John David Rhodes (Minnesota, 2011) and the forthcoming Global Cinema Networks which considers the place and historicity of world cinema in a digital era, with Tami Williams (Rutgers University Press, 2018.)

Lewd Looks examines the little-known history of the production, reception and regulation of American sex exploitation films in the 1960s. The book narrates the sexploitation film as a site for the changing sexual expressivity of US cinema, and a locus of industrial and textual anxiety about the nature of eroticized film spectatorship. In this and other work, Gorfinkel is concerned with the historicity of the filmic sexed body, and of thinking through cinema’s investment in corporeal spectacle and its aesthetic labor.


A Q+ A with Marc Francis, FTVS Lecturer, will follow her presentation.


All SFTV events are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. Guests on the RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.

Friday, February 16 at 7:00pm

Communication Arts Building, Mayer Theatre, Comm 100
33.969626, -118.417267

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