About Body Heat

Shady lawyer Ned Racine (William Hurt) begins a passionate affair with Matty Walker (Kathleen Turner), wife of a wealthy Florida businessman (Richard Crenna). Soon under Matty’s spell, Ned hatches a scheme to kill Matty's husband so that they can run away together with his money. But complications build upon double-crosses, launching the hapless lawyer into a situation far more treacherous than he imagined. [113 min; noir, drama; English]

The screening will be followed by a conversation on the role of intimacy coordination in film between Jessica Steinrock (CEO, Intimacy Directors and Coordinators) and Jenny McKnight (IU Theatre).

Jessica Steinrock is a professional intimacy coordinator as well as the CEO of Intimacy Directors and Coordinators based in Chicago, IL. She holds a Ph.D. in Theatre at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and published the first dissertation related to intimacy work in live performance and TV/film. She came to intimacy work by way of improv comedy and has developed techniques and methods for promoting consent during improvised theater that focuses on the specific needs of improv training centers. Her work has expanded to encompass film, opera, improv, devising, still photography, and scripted theatre. She also has extensive experience with working with minors and supporting new and young artists on stage and screen.

Jenny McKnight is Professor of Practice, Acting and Directing in IU’s Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance. She serves as Intimacy Choreographer and Consultant for IU departmental productions. Jenny has directed several productions for IU, as well as many others in the Bloomington theatre communication and has performed at The Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Louisville, Indiana Repertory, Milwaukee Repertory, and Kansas City Repertory,  among many others. She is a proud union member of both Stage Directors & Choreographers Society and Actors’ Equity Association.

"Body Heat is good enough to make film noir play like we hadn't seen it before."  — Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"Kasdan's moody tribute to cinema's dark past set a gold standard for neo-noirs that has seldom been equaled." — The A.V. Club

"Body Heat succeeds fabulously, not only as an excellent example of a classic film noir but as a solidly executed production in its own right." — Film Threat

This program is generously supported by the Roberta and S. James Sherman Inspiring Conversations Fund.

Any film screened at IU Cinema may contain content that viewers find sensitive or upsetting. Visit our Audience Advisories page to learn more.

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