The Bad Breast; or, The Strange Case of Theda Lange

Bruce LaBruce

2010, 20:00 minutes, Colour, English


"The Bad Breast; or, The Strange Case of Theda Lange" was a theatre project I developed and directed at the end of 2009 and which was performed in Berlin and Vienna. It was inspired by the life and theoretical writings of Melanie Klein, one of the psychoanalytic thinkers who interpreted Freud's work after his death (the other main figure was Freud's daughter, Anna Freud, who was Klein's arch-rival). The Bad Breast starred the two co-stars of my movie "Otto; or, Up with Dead People", Susanne Sachsse, as a neurotic, nymphomaniacal stage actress who is sexually fixated on her own son, and Katharina Klewinghaus, who plays her repressed Kleinian psychoanalyst. The piece also featured Vaginal Davis and Nando Messias, among other awesome performance artists. For all the scenes that took place outdoors, I used video footage shot with the Digital Harinezumi camera, a tiny Japanese toy camera that makes footage that looks like super 8. My assistant, Alejandro Duran, shot and edited the footage and I directed it. We took the footage that was used in the theatre piece and edited it into a short movie, featuring original music by Planningtorock. The film was then included in a show called "Imperfect As They Are" that debuted at the New Museum in New York in the spring of 2009, featuring work by artists and filmmakers all using the same toy camera, a show which subsequently toured internationally.

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