Saturday, June 20

Special Engagements Archive

Losing Ground

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Special Engagement June 19–21

(1982) dir Kathleen Collins w/Seret Scott, Bill Gunn, Duane Jones [86 min; DCP]
LOSING GROUND, the second and final film from director Kathleen Collins, tells the story of a marriage of two remarkable people, both at a crossroads in their lives. Sara (Scott), a professor of philosophy, is embarking on an intellectual quest to understand the philosophical and religious meaning of the ‘ecstatic moment’ just as her painter husband Victor (Gunn) sets off on a more earthly exploration of joy.

One of the first fiction features by an African-American woman, LOSING GROUND remains a stunning and powerful work of art. Funny, brilliant and personal, the film should have ranked high in the canon of indie cinema but the film was never theatrically released. Now, over thirty years later, Collins’ film is finally available in a beautiful new digital master. LOSING GROUND looks and sounds as fresh, bracing and complex as it did when it was first filmed. It is a testament to Kathleen Collins’ incredible talent and a lasting treasure of African American and women’s cinema.

“Highly cerebral, thick with abstract and erudite dialogue and also full of charm and sensuality, lingering in landscapes and rooms and savoring the pleasures of music, color and talk.” – A. O. Scott, The New York Times

“A nearly lost masterwork… plays like the record of a life revealed in real time.” – Richard Brody, The New Yorker


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