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Seoul Film Society: The Housemaid (Hanyeo) (1960) Director: Kim Ki-Young

Seoul Global Culture & Tourism Center Seoul, South Korea

Please join Seoul Film Society for our June screening on Saturday 7th June. We will be showing the classic 1960 Korean masterpiece 'The Housemaid' from director Kim Ki-young. This is a FREE screening, open to the public. It's an excellent opportunity to see this classic, highly regarded Korean film on a big screen in a great venue. ENGLISH SUBTITLES.

From the KoBiz (Korean Film Council) website:

""A representative film from the middle years of Kim Ki-yeong's career, and the first installment of his Housemaid Trilogy"
The Housemaid demonstrates director Kim Ki-yeong's idiosyncratic style, which continued through such subsequent films as Woman of Fire (Hwanyeo, 1971), Chungnyeo (Chungnyeo, 1972), Woman of Fire 82 (Hwanyeo 82, 1982), and Carnivorous Animal (Yugsigdongmul, 1984). The movie depicts the disintegration of a middle-class family caused by the intrusion of a housemaid and the terror that ensues from this process. By combining cacophonous sound effects with grotesque mise-en-scenes involving a house whose two floors are divided by a central staircase, The Housemaid succeeds in rousing extreme suspense and fear in the viewer. The cinematic interest Kim Ki-yeong would continue to develop in his later works takes its first clear shape in this film. Urban vs. rural landscapes, excessive sexuality and the desire for reproduction, young women who dream of climbing the social ladder, bourgeois families unsettled by class confusion, male anxiety toward women who hold economic power, these are the subjects that constitute Kim Ki-yeong's primary domain. As indicated in the title The Housemaid, which simultaneously signifies class and gender, lower-class women who come to the city from rural communities seek to achieve social advancement by getting pregnant. The working-class woman, alien to the bourgeois family by virtue of her very existence, brings about class confusion and thus poses a very great threat. Moreover, women who have economic independence are represented as being oppressive and dangerous to masculinity. At the same time, Lee Eun-sim, in the role of the eponymous maid, portrays women's sexual desire through monstrous femininity. The scene in which she seduces the paterfamilias as her long hair drips with rain, set against a stormy night and enhanced by sinister lighting, produces the utmost terror."

Date: Saturday, June 7th.
날짜 : 06월 7일
Time: 3pm.
시간: 오후 3시
Admission fee: FREE
Place: Haechi Hall in Seoul Global Culture & Tourism Center
(5th Floor M Plaza in Myeong-dong) (https://www.facebook.com/SeoulGlobalCultureTourismCenter)

Full directions are here http://www.seoultourism.kr/en/intro/contact.asp

(Call Barry on 010 5138 8859 if you get lost or can't find it and I will come meet you at exit 6 Myeong-dong station.)

Comments, suggestions - barrywelsh23@gmail.com

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