Northwestern University

Nov
15
Thu 7:00 PM

Testament (1983)

When: Thursday, November 15, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM  

Where: Block Museum of Art, Mary and Leigh, 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Free and open to all

Contact: Block Museum of Art   847.491.4000

Group: Block Museum of Art

Category: Fine Arts

Description:

Testament

Lynne Littman, 1983, USA, 90 min.

Lynne Littman’s Testament offers a personal, devastating, and subversively feminist account of societal collapse. Narrating the ordeals of a suburban Bay Area family in the weeks after a largescale nuclear attack, Testament measures the deepening crisis through the resilience of mother Carol (Jane Alexander) as she watches traditional figures of patriarchal authority crumble around her. Avoiding graphic violence, Littman instead explores the emotional toll of catastrophe through strong performances and brilliant editing.

About the series: Women at the End of the World

Inspired by Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, the novel selected for Northwestern’s 2018 -2019 campus-wide “One Book One Northwestern” program, this series brings together cinematic visions of dystopia and apocalypse featuring women at their center. Like Atwood’s novel, these four films all emerged in the mid-1980s, and all respond to the same political, ecological, and cultural anxieties that figure in

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