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Oakie Treadwell’s Experimental Film Maggots and Men (Sept 16, 2010, 7 pm. Washington 201)

M Anastasia Kayiatos (University of CA, Berkeley) introduces Oakie Treadwell’s Experimental Film Maggots and Men. Maggots and Men is a groundbreaking experimental film project from the Bay Area.  Sex, gender, and revolution converge in a story about the 1921 uprising of the Russian sailors against Bolshevik oppressors.  The film is inspired by Sergei Eisenstein’s 1925 classic Battleship Potemkin and carries the title of its first reel.  Maggots and Men is a postmodernist text, which recycles the aesthetic strategies of the montage movement, manifests the homoerotic subtexts that many critics found significant in Eisentsein’s famous picture, and challenges modern preconceptions about gender and sexuality.