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The Practice of Love
Die Praxis der Liebe
A film by Valie Export
Austria, 1985, 90 minutes, Color, VHS/35mm, Subtitled
Order No. W99500
"Valie Export's third feature is an anti-romance in which the heroine, oscillating between two relationships, gradually discovers that both are impossible, not because the subjective processes of "love" are defective, but because the objective, social matrix in which both her male lovers operate is corrupt, immoral, murderous: in this film, the male world and its power structures cancel the possibility of love beyond the matter of sexuality, that is the objectification of love. Export makes use of techniques drawn from her earlier experimental cinema, video and conceptual photography to expand the possibilities of narrative feature filmmaking and to disintegrate some of its overdetermined conventions." -Gary Indiana


    "A dazzling cinematic tour-de-force, combining a thriller narrative with experimental images....The film makes a stunningly coherent indictment of male dominated society."
    Alison Butler
    National Film Theatre, London

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