Sex, politics, and humor in Italian cinema (1964-1980)
Nitehawk Naughties (February – May 2017)

Nitehawk Naughties 2017 program, Body Politics, presents a corporeal selection of Italian films  (1964-1980) that position sexuality in terms of politics. These films address changing gender roles and challenge bourgeois ideology of this time period with provocative stories where strong women play a central role. Body Politics features five films by iconic Italian filmmakers who uniquely combined sex and power on the big screen: Vittorio de Sica’s Marriage Italian Style (Matrimonio all’Italiana), Pier Paolo Pasolini’s The Decameron, Fernando Di Leo’s To Be Twenty (Avere Vent’Anni), Sergio Martino’s Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key (Il tuo vizio è una stanza chiusa e solo io ne ho la chiave), and Federico Fellini’s The City of Women (La città delle donne).

Each screening will feature a different Italian spirit or cocktail with Gruppo Campari. Presented with Babeland!

All screenings presented with our partner, Babeland. Claire Cavanah and Rachel Venning opened the first Babeland store in 1993 in response to the lack of women-friendly sex shops in Seattle. The store offered top quality products, a pleasant place to shop, and most of all information and encouragement to women who wanted to explore their sexuality. The store’s popularity with both women and men has led to three more stores in New York, plus a thriving and educational website.

For the past three years, Nitehawk Naughties have explored the American porn boom in the early 1970s, the erotic Scandinavian films that influenced them, and a selection of French films that inherently have a sexy je ne sais quoi. These films are possessed with sex!babeland-logo