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Wednesday, April 26 • 9:40am - 10:00am
The Varying Portrayal Of Sexual Fluidity In Film

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This presentation will compare the portrayal of sexual fluidity among films. The focus will be on characters from the films High Art (Cholodenka 1998) and Aimée and Jaguar (Färberböck 1999). High art is about a photographer and magazine editor who fall in love while also dealing with the dangers of drug abuse. Aimée and Jaguar is about a Jewish woman and German woman who fall in love during the reign of Hitler. Both films center around a woman who is initially in a relationship with a man and then leaves him for another woman. While one character’s changing sexuality is immediately accepted without question, the other character suffers from panic and anxiety and is ultimately beaten and insulted for her sexual preferences. Additionally, the film Orlando (potter 1992) will be discussed as it features a character who displays sexual fluidity as well as a changing gender identity. This presentation will explore the reasoning behind the varying approaches to this subject. Director’s preference, historical accuracies, and stigma around the term “bisexual” will all be addressed when explaining this.


Wednesday April 26, 2017 9:40am - 10:00am PDT
221 Karpen Hall