San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The SEX theme events will run from January to March 2016 and will illustrate and question the extent to which our sexual identities affect our interpretation and experience of the world.
To celebrate the launch of this new and exciting strand of events, we will be having drinks at 5pm in the ground floor bar of HOME before our screening of The Son of Sheik at 6:20pm.
Screening of The Son of The Sheik (1926) with talk and live piano accompaniment by Neil Brand
Screening and talk 6.20pm
Tickets: See HOME website
In 1921, Valentino scored a huge success in The Sheik - the exotic yarn that crystallised his status as cinema's Great Lover. That image was so central to his popularity that this sequel was made 5 years later. Here, Valentino appears as both the father and his son, the passionate desert leader who falls in love with Yasmin, a dancing girl. For this special screening, we are delighted that the celebrated composer Neil Brand will provide live piano accompaniment. Neil will be joined by Dr Andrew Moor (Manchester Metropolitan University) to give an introductory talk on the theme of 'Sex and Film Music'.
Convened by Dr Andrew Moor (MMU)
Introduction by Dr Andrew Moor, Reader in Cinema History, Humanities Research Centre:
"It is within human culture and interaction – the stuff of the Humanities– that our ideas about sexual roles, acts and identities are forged and policed. This is also where those ideas are rejected, resisted and subverted. We live in an era when dominant ideas about straightness are under review. So much of our language for talking about the pleasures and politics of sex has developed among lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and trans communities, and so our programme also looks at what the increased visibility of these groups can teach us all.
For over a century, the movies have channelled our desires and taught us how to be men, women and children, to the extent that much commercial cinema has been an engine designed to produce heterosexual couples. Yet throughout this powerful world of image narrative and sound, other positions have found a place. Documentarists have pointed their cameras at what were invisible, silent subjects, letting them tell their own stories, and placing them centre-screen, while queer film festivals have provided physical spaces for new social groupings to emerge. Hence there is a distinctly cinematic flavour to our Sex Programme, and we hope you will find our exploration provocative, inclusive and entertaining."
When & Where
Humanities and Social Science Research
Humanities & Social Science Research (HSSR) brings together researchers and research students from four different Faculties (Humanities, Languages & Social Science, Science & Engineering, Business & Law and MMU Cheshire) although its main base remains in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HLSS).