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Madame Freedom 

When: Sun., Aug. 10, 2 p.m. 2014
Price: $8-$10
Long have we known and feared the creatures who lurk in the dark. Ghostly pale and ravenously hungry, they devour each morsel of goodness unfortunate enough to cross their paths. We speak not of the undead but of the film buff, the movie fan, or as Yerba Buena Center for the Arts has seen fit to call them, Cinemaniacs. The two-month-long series Invasion of the Cinemaniacs continues into September with eight more classic and classically disturbing films. Notable among them is Han Hyeong-mo’s 1956 psychological romance of infidelity and sexual dynamics in South Korea, Madame Freedom. Beneath the black-and-white hues of this East Asian cinematic icon is the exquisite tension of a world about to be thrown into glorious Technicolor by modernization, and the thrilling prophecy of what effect these changes will have on the second sex. South Korean melodrama is to American melodrama as Dracula is to Edward Cullen, and Madame Freedom (Ja-yu bu-in) is a sterling example of the genre and a surprisingly relevant social commentary.
— Jenny Singer

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