Regarding Susan Sontag


Cinearts at Palo Alto Square Mon, Jul 28, 2014 3:15 PM
Castro Theatre Sat, Aug 2, 2014 2:00 PM
California Theatre Sun, Aug 3, 2014 11:30 AM
Film Info
Director(s):Nancy Kates
Year of Production:2014
Running Time:100
Genre-Subject:Personal Docs


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With textured imagery, an evocative sound track and stories from friends, family and lovers, Regarding Susan Sontag explores the life of one of the most important writers and thinkers of our time. There are few things in life that are sexier than a woman who is both beautiful and smart. Sontag’s activism and groundbreaking essays put her in the spotlight. She protested McCarthyism, the Vietnam War, and in the 1990s she went to Sarajevo. Her books about war, photography, “camp”, illness, human rights, and 9/11 made her an intellectual celebrity. But Nancy Kates’ riveting and intimate portrait goes beyond the celebrity. It examines Sontag’s work, her marriage and relationships with women, her Jewish and queer identity and her love of life. Actress Patricia Clarkson masterfully reads excerpts from Sontag’s essays and personal diaries. We learn that books were Sontag’s “household deities,” her “spaceships.” Becoming a writer was like “enlisting in an army of saints.” In “Notes on Camp,” Sontag writes, “The two pioneering forces of modern sensibility are Jewish moral seriousness and homosexual aestheticism and irony.” A mouthful, but a delicious one. Ultimately, this is a film about a woman who lived life with a passionate vehemence. It makes us feel the pulse of that life and reminds us to embrace our own.

Co-sponsored by Britex Fabrics and by Fern Tiger and Michael Pyatok

Director Nancy Kates in person

Castro screening followed by a post film discussion at Congregation Sha’ar Zahav.