Dream Screen, The

"In THE DREAM SCREEN, Stephanie Beroes' concern is with the positioning of woman in the cinematic and cultural imagination. She employs, as her central trope, the legend of Pandora's box - a focus that allows her to examine woman's figuration in both a classical film and an ancient myth. THE DREAM SCREEN proceeds as a multilayered experimental narrative - that operates on three distinct levels. It intercuts footage from the silent film, Pandora's Box (1929), with Beroes' own drama of a modern-day equivalent of Pabst's 'femme fatale.' The sound track intensifies this melange by providing commentary on the career of Louise Brooks - taken from her autobiography. Superimposed on these segments is a third tier of interview material with a contemporary Louise Brooks look-alike, who discusses her problematic relationship with her father. Through this intertextual montage, Beroes not only re-writes the Pabst classic, but examines the mythification of woman, and its articulation in the cinema." - Lucy Fischer, University of Pittsburgh