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A Spy in the House that Ruth Built
A film by Vanalyne Green
1989, 29 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. W99012
Vanalyne Green appropriates the all-male arena of professional baseball to create a visual essay about family, loss, and sexuality. Confronted with such a strange wonderland, devoid of women, Green is compelled to reinterpret baseball's symbolism-its womb-like landscape, cycles, and rituals-to construct an iconography that pays homage to the female. With humor and irony, Green creates a tape that is both a personal revelation and a heretical portrait of America's national past-time.


  • USA Film Festival Short Film and Video Competition, First Place, Experimental
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • Atlanta Film and Video Festival, Best Experimental Video
  • AFI National Video Festival

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    "A startling, brave work. Her completely fresh perspective turns up angles and under-bellies of the game-mythic, banal, funny, painful-undreamed of in the stands."
    Peter Schjeldahl
    7 Days

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