Privilege
TitlePrivilege
DirectorYvonne Rainer
CountryUSA
Year1990
Duration1hr 43mins
Format16mm, Vhs video, Umatic video
DescriptionRainer's 6th feature is a genuinely subversive movie about menopause. Out of a subject that has been denied on film by virtually everybody, Rainer has fashioned a witty, risky work about sexual identity and the unequal economies of race, gender and class. PRIVILEGE is set in motion by clips from an old black and white educational film, facts and data shot off a Mac computer, and a melange of characters with varied, provocative and often contrasting political critiques. Jenny, the white middle-aged protagonist, agrees to be interviewed by an African-American friend who is making a documentary about menopause. Her candid and revealing observations are punctuated by a 'hot flash-back' of Rashomon-like intensity, revealing an experience she has kept secret for 25 years. (Rainer's) most accessible film to date. 'Who else could spin hot flashes, Lenny Bruce, Carmen Miranda and soul on ice into such a pungent brew.' Village Voice