A highly watchable film…Kates also dresses the screen with poetical visual interludes — animated type resolving into a portrait of the writer, a naked female torso to accompany Sontag’s sexual realizing that she liked women in a way she hadn’t liked men. (It wasn’t until 2000 that she publicly acknowledged her bisexuality.) These moves are not strictly necessary, but they give the film a dreaminess that suits the subject and complements the grainier, rougher archival footage.
-Robert Lloyd, LA Times
If you missed Regarding Susan Sontag directed by Nancy Kates which made its exclusive premiere on HBO on Monday night, you can catch it at the following airdates:
December 11 (3:30 p.m.)
December 13 (4:15 p.m.)
December 17 (5:30 p.m.)
December 22 (11:55 p.m.)
December 28 (2:00 p.m.)
December 30 (9:30 a.m.)
December 10 (8:00 p.m.)
December 15 (1:40 p.m.)
December 18 (12:50 a.m.)
December 27 (10:00 a.m.)
Stay tuned for more on the soundtrack to Regarding Susan Sontag, featuring the score by composers Laura Karpman & Nora-Kroll Rosenbaum.
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Recipient of a Special Jury Mention at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, Regarding Susan Sontag features a rich collection of archival materials, evocative imagery and accounts from friends, family, colleagues and lovers – including Sontag’s sister, Judith Sontag Cohen, authors Stephen Koch, Eva Kollisch, Fran Leibowitz and Sigrid Nunez, and poet Wayne Koestenbaum – and Sontag’s work, read by Patricia Clarkson.
Passionate and gracefully outspoken, Susan Sontag was a prominent literary, political and feminist icon. As a critic, novelist, teacher, filmmaker, activist and iconoclast, her love of learning and examinations of cultural and political ideas made her both a compelling public figure and a significant 20th-century critic. A complex person, Sontag fiercely guarded her privacy, despite her boldness in the literary world.
Watch Regarding Susan Sontag on HBO (check local listings).
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