Film Theater at the Rubenstein Arts Center 2020 Campus Drive Durham,
The Headless Woman(Lucrecia Martel, 2008, 87 min, Argentina, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Color, DCP)
Martel’s extraordinary third film gets inside the head of a successful middle-aged dentist who might have accidentally run over a child…or a dog…or nothing at all. The masterful film—shades of Hitchcock’s Vertigo—continues Martel’s explorations into the hypocrisies of Argentina’s bourgeoisie.
— Introduced by Prof. Antonio Viego (Program in Literature)
“A masterly, disturbing and deeply mysterious film.”
—Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
“Brilliant, maddeningly enigmatic puzzle of a movie.”
—Stephen Holden, New York Times
This series, programmed with the BrainCultures Lab, explores the plural lives of the brain as a socially and culturally constituted object. It was made possible by support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Humanities Unbounded Embedded Humanities Grant.
Bright-eyed aspiring actress Betty (Naomi Watts) arrives in LA with dreams of stardom, but soon finds herself sucked into the nightmarish underbelly of Hollywood’s Dream Factory as she becomes entangled with an amnesiac femme fatale (Laura Harring). Film Content called it "Best Film of the Decade."