Spectacle Theater | 124 South 3rd Street
dir. Raymond Pettibon, 1989
USA. 87 minutes.
The 1970′s saga of heiress Patty Hearst’s abduction by the Symbionese Liberation Army — and her subsequent transformation into a gun-toting radical — is told as an absurdist drama of countercultural alienation. The tape’s raw, deliberately home-made execution provides an abject theater for the crude sexual and racial politics of the would-be revolutionaries.