Room Service

1980, 7:37 min, color, sound

Using confrontational humor and performance, Labat replicates the frustration and anxiety of cultural disorientation in the witty yet pointed Room Service. Playing the role of a newly arrived Latino immigrant, he is seen in a motel room, rehearsing his only English phrases in preparation for a call to room service. Interrupting this narrative, he also appears in the guise of a stand-up comic who tells a joke about an immigrant bewildered by ordering food in English. Labat's satirical role-playing and manipulation of language conveys a broader cultural critique. Through his fragmented, staccato narratives, which often throw the viewer off-balance, he parallels the complex and often terrifying process of displacement and transformation that accompanies acculturation.

Ordering & Fees

  
Educational Rental
DVD NTSC
$75.00
 
Screening Rental
DVD NTSC
$100.00
 
Digital File
$120.00
 
BetaSP, DVcam, MiniDV NTSC
$125.00
 
BetaSP, DVcam, MiniDV PAL
$250.00
 
Exhibition Rental
DVD NTSC
$700.00
 
Digital File
$720.00
 
Educational Purchase
DVD NTSC
$300.00
 
Archival Purchase
BetaSP NTSC
$900.00
 
BetaSP PAL
$950.00
 
Digital Beta NTSC
$1,400.00
 
Digital Beta PAL
$1,500.00