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Not a Pretty Picture

Opens on March 8

Director: Martha Coolidge Run Time: 83 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 1976

Starring: Anne Mundstuk, Jim Carrington, Martha Coolidge, Michele Manenti

New Digital Restoration!

Fri, Mar 8 – Sun, Mar 10

Blurring the line between documentary and storytelling, Martha Coolidge’s compelling meta-narrative examines her own sexual assault in high school by a fellow classmate. Coolidge enlists actors to recreate the circumstances surrounding her rape and interviews her former roommate to illuminate the consequences and complexities of its aftermath. Hailed as “Brechtian” by critics, the film delves into the often-gendered psychology of rape as well as Coolidge’s own struggle to understand how and why the assault occurred. Digitally restored in 4K from original 16mm elements. – Note by Academy Film Archive Film Preservationist Cassie Blake

Restored in 2022 by the Academy Film Archive and The Film Foundation. Restoration funding provided by the Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation.

“Its blend of documentary and dramatic filmmaking, of first-person reflection and reënactment, sets a standard for cinematic inquiry into the political implications of personal experience.” – Richard Brody, New Yorker

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