Girls with Guns: Five movies about revenge, retribution, and justice in the modern world

Monday, October 6, 2014

6:00 PM-8:15 PM

Cost: Free and open to all

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

Auditorium (3rd Floor)

Mon, 2014-10-06 18:00 - 20:15

Haywire is a 2011 action-thriller film directed by Steven Soderbergh, and starring Gina Carano, Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Bill Paxton, Channing Tatum, Antonio Banderas and Michael Douglas.

Mallory Kane (Carano) works for a company that handles sensitive "black operations" covertly so that the government can maintain plausible deniability. The firm is hired to rescue a hostage in Spain, an operation which goes well. Then she is hired to pose as the wife of a British MI6 agent, but this is a ruse so that she can be eliminated by assassins. Kane has to unravel the complicated conspiracy against her.

Carano, a Mixed Martial Arts fighter, performs her own stunts in the film. The score is by Northern Irish DJ and composer David Holmes.

93 minutes; Rated R

About the Film Series

Matt Guterl teaches classes on the politics of mass culture at Brown University. 

He has invited the public to join with his class "Global Macho: Race, Gender, and Action Movies" at screenings of selected films at the Providence Public Library on Mondays this fall.

Carefully sifting through an oft-overlooked but globally popular genre - the muscle-bound action film - this class asks: what sort of work does an action movie do? And what is the place of race and gender?

What is the role of women in this genre? How should we scrutinize these supposedly empty trifles of the global popular? How should we think critically about movies that feature - often without apology - a deep, dangerous obsession with masculinity, patriarchy, war, and lawlessness, with violence outside of civil society.In short, from Hollywood to Hong Kong to Rio to Paris to Mexico City, what makes the action movie genre tick?"

Matt Guterl is the author of four books on American History, including, most recently, "Seeing Race in Modern America" (2013) and "Josephine Baker and the Rainbow Tribe" (2014).

Parking is available at the Providence Hilton Parking Garage: $3/3 hours.

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