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International Film Theory Conference V: Cinema and Language

International Film Theory Conference V: Cinema and Language
March 27-30, 1979

with Chantal Akerman, Marguerite Duras, Stephen Heath, Teresa de Lauretis, Annette Kuhn, James Benning, Bette Gordon, Raymond Bellour, Steve Fagin, Pat Mellencamp, Mary Lydon, Maureen Turim, Paul Willeman, Alan Williams, David Bordwell, Robert Cohen, Pamela Falkenberg, Don Kirihara, William Van Wert, Thomas Elsaesser, Don Skoller, Vivian Forresyer, Linda Williams, Dudley Andrew, Keith Cohen, Bruce Kawin, Laura Oswald Koenigsknechte, Miriam White, James Fleming, Phil Rosen, Sandy Flitterman, Jacquelyn Suter, Douglas Gomery, Babette Mangolte, Dick Blau, Mary Ann Doane, Noel Burch, Mark Nash, and Malcolm Le Grice

Cinema and Language was the fifth international film conference sponsored by the Center. It was held March 27-30, 1979, and took place in the UWM Student Union’s Wisconsin Room, with some special screenings in the Union Cinema. The conference was organized by Pat Mellencamp and Carol Tennessen, and featured screenings and discussions with acclaimed filmmakers Marguerite Duras and Chantal Akerman.

Film Theory Conference V Program page 1March 26, 1979
Screenings in UWM Union Cinema:
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Rue de Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, Chantal Akerman
Les Rendez-vous D’Anna, Chantal Akerman
India Song, Marguerite Duras

March 27, 1979
Proseminars: Cinema, Semiotics, Psychoanalysis (Three sessions conducted by Stephen Heath, Teresa De Lauretis, and Annette Kuhn)

Grand Opera, An Historical Romance, a new film and presentation by James Benning, comments by Bette Gordon (Union Cinema)

March 28, 1979
Welcome: G. Michael Riley, Associate Dean, College of Letters and Science

Forum: Stephen Heath and Teresa De Lauretis
Comments by Raymond Bellour

Workshop: Sound/Image
Steve Fagin, Mary Lydon, Pat Mellencamp, Maureen Turim, Paul Willemen, and Alan Williams

Workshop: Japanese Cinema
David Bordwell, Robert Cohen, Pamela Falkenberg, Don Kirihara, and William Van Wert
Comments by Thomas Elssaesser

Screenings in Union Cinema:
Exchanges, Bette Gordon
India Song, Marguerite Duras
A new film by Malcolm Le Grice, discussion with the filmmaker, comments by Don Skoller

Film Theory Conference V Program page 2March 29, 1979
Forum: Viviane Forrester and the Camera Obscura Collective
Comments by Steve Fagin and Maureen Turin

Workshop: Narrative and Signification
Dudley Andrew, Keith Cohen, Bruce Kawin, Laura Oswald Koenigsknechte, Miriam White, and Linda Williams

Workshop: Language/Production/Ideology
James Fleming, Sandy Flitterman, Jacquelyn Suter, Douglas Gomery, Phil Rosen, and Paul Willemen

Screenings in Union Cinema:
The Camera Je, Babette Mangolte
Les Rendez-vous D’Anna, Chantal Akerman
Discussion with Babette Mangolte and Chantal Akerman

March 30, 1979
Forum: Mary Anne Doane and Noel Burch
Comments by Mark Nash

Forum: Filmmaker-Text-Critic: A Discourse
Chantal Akerman, Raymond Bellour, James Benning, Bette Gordon, Stephen Heath, Malcolm Le Grice, Babette Mangolte, and Maureen Turim

March 31, 1979
Screenings in Union Cinema:
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Rue de Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, Chantal Akerman
India Song, Marguerite Duras

The International Film Theory Conference V: Cinema and Language was part of the Center for 20th Century Studies’ spring “Psychoanalysis, Women, Sexuality, Culture” programming:

Psychoanalysis Women Sexuality Culture flyer