Film Series | Doll Parts: Clown, Hausu

Thursday, Aug 18, 2016
7 pm
Tickets $12 (includes same-night access to the full museum)


Luther Price, Clown, 30 min., 1991
Nobuhiko Obayashi, Hausu (House), 88 min., 1977

Shot in varying domestic interiors that emulate Cindy Sherman’s playful studio environments, Luther Price’s Clown is a manic Super 8 reel showcasing his startling clown personas that range from the Gar Har to the F**k It Suck It clowns. First released in 1977 in an attempt to capitalize on the success of Jaws, Nobuhiko Obayashi’s Hausu couldn’t be further from its progenitor. Featuring a predominantly amateur cast, the acid-hued haunted house film is a Pop art explosion of innovative animation, absurdist paranormal trickery and one demonically possessed house cat. Rereleased to midnight audiences in the late 2000s, Hausu found its true calling, continuing in midnight theater runs to this day. Clown, restored by Anthology Film Archies with support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Doll Parts tickets include same-night access before the film program to the full museum, including the Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life special exhibition.

About Doll Parts

The Broad's Doll Parts film series took place from June through September 2016 in conjunction with the Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life exhibition. Tearing through underground and pop landscapes from Maya Deren to Hole, Doll Parts reframed the Cindy Sherman special exhibition as a moving-image feast of international films, artists’ tapes, and music videos. From fairy tales to horror, femme fatales to “office killers,” Doll Parts examined the iconography of Sherman’s photographic practice, showcasing influences, like minds, and apparent heirs to the artist’s evolving body of work. Outré artifice, feminist trailblazers, and plasticine appendages reign supreme. 

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