Monday, March 16, 2009

How Appropriately Erotic, Pilati.

Michael Pitt is the subject in close-up for Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matidin's short film, titled Your Skin Against My Skin, which opened the men's Yves Saint-Laurent Fall/Winter '09 show. Pitt, with his long hair, surrendering eyes, moist lips, and head pushed up against the wall, is in the position of the gazed here, and by a woman who narrates in sensual word foreplay what his flannel jackets and loose pants mean to her (...when they come off, of course). The video is interestingly a gender role reversal from what we are used to knowing about visual pleasure in narrative cinema, thanks to Laura Mulvey over thirty years ago. How do you feel about this video?

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