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The Michigan Daily Tuesday, September 29, 1987

Page 7

Bigelow:

New

star

shines

brightly

By John Shea
In the nighttime sky of
Hollywood, Kathryn Bigelow is not
the North Star. She does not shine
the brightest or the best. And a
random search of either one of the
Dippers would prove to be fruitless
as well. You have to look for her
elsewhere, off in the distance. As
astronomers might say, she spins in
her own orbit.
"To be successful," she says,
"you have to be doing something
wrong. If everybody likes it ... wait
a minute. You really have t o
question it."
Bigelow was in Dearborn last
week, promoting her first feature
film as a director. The film is called
Near Dark, and it opens this coming
Friday. In Bigelow's own words, it
is an "exotic thriller about modern
day vampires roaming the country
roads in search of blood."
Okay. So she's not Steven
Speilberg. She wants to please you
badly but isn't going to alter her
vision of a project just for you. It's
her orbit. And whether you like it
or not, she'll give you an
experience.
"Thank you for coming," she
says, walking across the room with
her hand extended. She seems to
inherit the same qualities of the
night itself: a quiet dignity -and

grace, a gentle glow and a dash of
the unknown that makes her
mysterious. She is a question mark,
period and exclaimation point - all
at once.
Bigelow is something of a free-
spirit. After graduating from high
school in 1971, she attended the
San Francisco Art Institute for two
years, and later received a
scholarship to the Whitney
Independent Study Program. This
program enables 15 students a year
to learn from leading contemporary
artists. It was here that Bigelow's
work expanded to three-dimensional
installations which involved
creating environments as works of
art.
Bigelow's first love is painting,
but in 1979 she won a scholarship
to Columbia University's Graduate
Film School where she studied with
Milos Forman (Amadeus, One Flew
Over the Cuckoo's Nest ). Her
interactions with Forman convinced
Bigelow to put aside painting and
pursue film.
"His enthusiasm is very
contagious," says Bigelow. "It's
hard to not get too infected by it."
Infection is one thing. Being
able to do it? Well, that's another.
Bigelow is an intriguing "star," yet
she is a distant one. That's to be
expected, with Near Dark being her
first feature film. But some might
say she's not in the same galaxy as

Angeles... Hopefully these issues
will break down in a few years. You
won't even be concerned if it's a
woman or a man who directed it.
That'll be a moot point."
"I think that this notion of a
'woman's aesthetic' or 'woman's
eye' is a little concerning, a little
problematic, because it sort of
ghetto-izes women," she adds.
So don't bother Kathryn
Bigelow with ratios, numbers, or
odds of any sort. She doesn't want
to hear them. Part of her scorns this
dominantly male industry, and part
of her is afraid. She has gone on
doing her thing with a tunnel
vision. "It's the only way I could
go forward," she confesses.
Bigelow has gone forward and
made a movie to her liking. Near
Dark is absent of vampire myth-
ology. There's no teeth, no holy.
water, and no garlic salt. Just lots
of black humor, special effects and,
oh yes, lots of blood. The visual
imagery is intense. But make no
mistake about it. Near Dark is not
for everyone.
"If you could only have one
thing, critical acclaim or an
audience, which would you take," I
ask her.
"If I had a gun to my head," sIh
says, "and had to choose?. I'd;
probably say an audience."

Director Kathryn Bigelow shoots a scene from her new film 'Neap
who plays a vampire.
men. The issue of women behind women directing?" I ask her.
the camera nags on. It is still with "I really don't know. To say
us. what the ratio is? No."
"Do you know off-hand what She really doesn't seem terribly
the ratio is* between men and concerned, either. Bigelow believes

that "things are getting better" for
women in film and television.
"It's definitely opening up," she
says. "I've noticed that in the last
six years I've been in Los

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Nov. 5 10:00-11:00am
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Online practice time is provided.
Prerequisite: You must have an account
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Women's Music Collection -
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Prerequisite: You must have an account
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Location: Undergraduate Library
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Instructor: James Crooks
Registration: Required, send to
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Fee: No charge.

Using the RLIN Database -
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