Waiting at the Soda Fountain

Susan Mogul

1980 | 00:24:00 | United States | English | Color | Mono | 4:3 | Video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Feminism

This performance video offers a humorous critique of Hollywood power relations. Mogul masquerades as a stereotypical male film director auditioning would-be starlets at a soda fountain--a parody of the rags-to-riches legend of Lana Turner's "discovery" at Schwab's drugstore. In over-the-top performances that poke fun at traditional female passivity, feminist artists including Arlene Raven, Cheri Gaulke and Nancy Angelo, enact the roles of pliant actresses-in-waiting who submit to the whims and sexist jabs of a dictatorial director. Balancing structure and improvisation, reality and artifice, the video is composed of footage shot during a three-hour on-location happening directed by Mogul, who scripted the scenarios, but not the dialog.

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