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It Wasn't Love


Sadie Benning





Benning illustrates a lustful encounter with a 'bad girl', through the gender posturing and genre interplay of Hollywood stereotypes: posing for the camera as the rebel, the platinum blonde, the gangster, the '50s crooner, and the heavy-lidded vamp. Cigarette poses, romantic slow dancing, and fast-action heavy metal street shots propel the viewer through the story of the love affair. Benning's video goes farther than romantic fantasy, describing other facets of physical attraction including fear, violence, lust, guilt and total excitement. As she puts it, 'It wasn't love, but it was something...? It was a chance to feel glamorous, sexy and famous, all at the same time.