The film focuses on three issues, deviant sexuality, female aging and breast cancer, and challenges their cultural and scientific perceptions. MURDER and murder is described as a soap opera, a black comedy, a love story and a political mediation.
Rainer began her career in the arts in 1957 when she began training as a modern dancer. In 1960, she began to choreograph her own work and was one of the founders of the Judson Dance Theater in 1962. Between 1962 and 1975 her choreography was presented throughout the world and most notably on Broadway in 1969. Rainer's filmmaking career began in 1968 when she integrated short films into live performances, and by 1975 she had made a complete transition to film. Her first full feature film, Lives of Performers, was completed in 1972. Her 1974 film, Film About a Man Who Envied Women and 1990 film, Privilege, aired on Independent Focus, in 1989 and 1992 respectively. A half hour video tape entitled Yvonne Rainer: Story of a Filmmaker Who... was aired on Film and Video Review, in 1980.
Her films have been shown extensively around the world. She has been the recipient of countless awards and fellowships and has also been recognized by the American Film Institute and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Rainer has taught at 16 institutions of higher learning; including, George Washington University, School of the Visual Arts, School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Yale University. She has been instructing at the Independent Study Program of the Whitney Museum in New York City since 1974.