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A Spy in the House that Ruth Built

USA, 1989 (MIFF 1990, Video Programme)

Director: Vanalyne Green

A female baseball fan examines her obsession with the game, along psycho-sexual lines. Vanalyne Green appropriates the all-male arena of pro baseball to create an hilarious visual essay about family, loss and sexuality.

Confronted with such a wonderland, devoid of all women, Green is compelled to reinterpret baseball's symbolism - its womblike landscape, rituals and vocabulary, to construct an iconography that pays homage to the female. With humour and irony, Green creates a tape that is both a personal revelation and a heretical portrait of America's national past time as the ultimate male return-to-the-womb fantasy.
- (TB)

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