Bloody but Never Broken, Sarah Butler Relives the Infamous Day of the Woman with 'I Spit on Your Grave'
The first time Sarah Butler read the script for I Spit on Your Grave, Steven R. Monroe’s tense, unrelenting remake of the notorious 1980 rape-and-revenge thriller Roger Ebert deemed “a vile bag of garbage, reprehensible and contemptible,” she made an urgent call to her manager.
“I’d auditioned for it, but when I saw the script I decided to skip the callback,” says Butler, 25, best known for one-off appearances on CSI: Miami and CSI: New York. “All the nudity, violence, graphic rape scenes – normally, my manager is very protective of me, but he asked me to read it again, so I did. He said it could be the role of a lifetime, and I tried to look at it from that perspective.”
The San Francisco Silent Film Festival will host its fifth annual Winter Event at the Castro Theatre this Saturday, with special guests including film preservationist Robert Byrne, New York Times bestselling author Mark Vaz and Melissa Cox, granddaughter of Buster Keaton, scheduled to appear. Those eager to revisit the movies that first introduced the world to cinema as a serious art form can choose from the following titles:
Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness