City Vision (3-3):. 2. Fl â neurial Look in Patricia Rozema’s I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing. Outline. General Introduction: Toronto New Wave , Patricia Rozema and the Film I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing Female Artists in a City
2. Flâneurial Look in
I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing
Left to Right: David Cronenberg,
Don McKellar (writer/actor/director), Patricia Rozema, John Greyson, Ron Mann, Bruce McDonald, Atom Egoyan
From Art-House to popular theatre
Patricia Rozema on the set of Desperanto source
gender inequality vs. sexual pluralism
Their names—saints’ or nobody’s
A. Polly sec 1 (How it started) sec 2: Photo session;
Sec 3 darkroom fantasy; sec 4 Office work
00:13:04 She was like a fairytale.
she went to school all over the world
and talked to
the kind of people who write books.
she even wrote a book herself once.
And she loved to talk about art things -
Iike whose work shows talent and whose doesn't,
and whose work shows "acute awareness".
At first I thought she meant like "a cute face", "a cute awareness".
And... whose work came from "half-lives, half-lived.“
Isn't that great? … Oh, I just loved how she talked.
I wanted her to teach me everything.
“. . . tiny hovel almost lost in the industrial section of Toronto (before it got groovy) under the enchanting shadow of a giant Kentucky Fried Chicken barrel with the CN tower in the BG” (Rozema)Polly: a female artist on the margin of society (2)
a private space with multiple functions; (clip 6; DVD 2 & 3; 0:04)
Restroom (like a womb space)：for fantasy, art workPolly: a female artist on the margin of society (2)
I know that love is
a pretty strong word
when you're talking about another
woman and she's not your mother,
but there you go.
I don't think I wanted kissing
and all that stuff.
I just, I just loved her.
Polly: [love her ]Like a mother or a sister?
Mary: Like a lover.
B. Gabrielle – her social position
B. Her Artistic Career:
C. Her Aspiration:
C. Mary Joseph
1. T. S. Eliot, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”— a poem about people in the upper class who measure out their life in coffee spoons, and Prufrock who grows old but lacks the strength to force the moment (of marriage proposal) to its crisis.
Polly about Gabrielle: “Talking and laughing and interfacing, like a ping-pong game.”
Polly hears the mermaids in one of her fantasies, and later she has Gabrielle and Mary listen to her.
Process of growth and self-assertion of a female artist.
2. Fairy tales---In between two worlds
3. Lesbian association
B. The meaning of names plurality vs. institutional limitations
C. Theme Song individual spaces
Lakme 拉克美 “The Flower Duet” (lyrics)
D. Shooting Style confession and self-creation of an artist outside the institution (gallery, police, society)
Film camera & Video Camera (monitor confession) (clip 15; DVD 14, 1:04) –communicate with the artists and with us audience
(After getting her job at Church Gallery)
A. Flying in the air
(After the discussion of painting)
B. Walking on the water (clip 11; DVD 10; 0:35:44)
(While choosing the photo work to send to G)
C. Tour on the bus (clip 13; DVD 13)—meaning?
Brookfield Place (formerly BCE Place) & Royal Bank Plaza
（"I adore height. My father built apartment buildings and I remember sitting at the top, dangling my legs, just loving it. I'm attracted to all forms of danger." Johnson 1995）
Johnson, Brian D. “Sex and the Sacred Girl: Film Director Patricia Rozema.”Maclean's 108 (05-08-1995): 93-96.
(* Flight as a major motif in her work.)
There's a place I've often included in my films …merely because of its physical beauty, because it amazes me. It is an architectural moment of grace: the Royal Bank Plaza. A modern cathedral, a marvel of sculpted form. It's windows have been coated with a small amount of gold leaf, it's different from every angle and yet it is unified.(“A Place in the Sun”)Rozema on the City (2): its multiple lives
As much as I try to give importance to "place" in this article, it is the deedsthat make a temple sacred or not. The halls, the streets, the condos and the palaces will always be filled with women, men, and children and their miseries, rebirths, half-dreams and dreams,shared love, wasted love, echoes and footsteps of the dead and half-dead, and sometimes brief, unbearably sweet smiles. It is all our pathetic little attempts at generosity, heroism and holiness that define us. In our fictions, as in our lives, it is the concrete steps towards or away from our ideals that say who and what we are.(“A Place in the Sun”)Rozema on the City (2): its multiple lives
White Room article, 歌手的音樂錄影帶 architecture as social institutionRozema’s City Vision: e.g. White Room: image of the city as a commercial system
結構學家Six Gestures:Multiple perspective on Bach
The six suite was the first work that’s ever written for the cello.
Ya, but you know there’s no record of this cello suite’s ever having been performed.Six Gestures:multiple perspectives of the truck drivers and graffiti
serving his patron,
A. Reality V.S. Fantasy (Thelatter, though imaginary, can help empower the weak to bring changes to reality.)
B. Process of self-assertion (real changes in reality)
C. Are the images of the lesbian positive or not? e.g. G’s use of Mary; Polly’s “peeping” desire
What We All Long For chaps 1-8