Spring Breakers

(2012, Directed by Harmony Korine)
Spring Breakers

Career-long provocateur, Harmony Korine (Kids, Gummo) stays true to form by breaking all the rules in this delirious study of the Day-Glo dreams and dark realities of the "Girls Gone Wild" generation. A violent, visceral take on the Bildungsroman, four sensation-starved friends scheme, steal, and smash their way into a Spring Break vacation that plays out as a trip down a technicolor rabbit hole into the darkest recesses of white "millennial" youth culture. Creative casting from "tween" media (Disney's Vanessa Hudgens and Selina Gomez, Pretty Little Liars' Ashley Benson, the internet's James Franco) and ecstatic, club-house mixes of Skrillex and Britney Spears makes for a hyper-aware "break" from reality that—love or hate—few forget.

Free and open to the public.

Part of the 2016–2017 film series at the Schlesinger Library.

Famously, one is "not born a woman, but made." But what is she before?

This year-long film series will explore the power, precarity, and politics of "girlhood" through popular mythologies of "the girl" in narrative arts and visual culture.

Each evening's feature presentation will feature a brief introductory program of opening remarks, film shorts, and/or selected readings.

Curated by Katie B. Kohn, a doctoral candidate in the PhD program in film and visual studies through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University.