Julie Dash, Rosanna Arquette, Penelope Spheeris, Charlyne Yi, Joey Soloway, Catherine Hardwicke and Eliza Hittman appear in the documentary.
Documentary filmmaker Nina Menkes aims her camera at cinema history itself.
Menkes’ “Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power” revolves around the cultural normalization of the exploitative male gaze in cinema. Using clips from more than 175 films from “Sleeping Beauty” to “Eyes Wide Shut” to “Spring Breakers”, Menkes deconstructs how the visual language of cinema relates to “employment discrimination against women and an environment of pervasive sexual harassment and abuse”, and assault.”
The film will premiere on October 21 through Kino Lorber at the new DCTV Firehouse Cinema in New York City and at the Laemmle in Los Angeles, followed by a nationwide rollout.
Based on Menkes’ acclaimed talk “Sex & Power: The Visual Language of Cinema,” the film had its world premiere at Sundance 2021. Award-winning documentary filmmaker Menkes argues that shot design is gendered, with “Brainwashed” attempting to break down patriarchal narrative codes shed light on what are supposedly “classic” takes and camera angles, and how women are often portrayed as objects for use. Support and pleasure of male subjects according to an official summary.
“If the camera is predatory, then the culture is predatory,” Menkes says in the trailer.
Brainwashed features interviews with an all-star cast of women and non-binary industry professionals including Julie Dash, Penelope Spheeris, Charlyne Yi, Joey Soloway, Catherine Hardwicke, Eliza Hittman and Rosanna Arquette. From depicting fragmented body parts of female cis bodies to analyzing the rise of the #MeToo movement in the film industry, Brainwashed weaves essential feminist theory essays by Laura Mulvey and other authors into reading films to learn about the embedded messages in the to shine cinema . But how will Hollywood change, if at all?
As director Dash states in the trailer, “The tools of the master will never dismantle the house of the master.”
IndieWire’s Kate Erbland wrote in her review of the film that Brainwashed “is bound to spark discussion among its audience (it even includes a handful of scenes of actual discussion groups chatting about Menkes’ presentation, and good luck not being a bit jealous.” be these participants) and probably a desire to learn more about the many topics covered in less than two hours.”
Erbland continued, “Most importantly, the film not only encourages a new perspective, it encourages a new perspective See – and this also includes the realization that not everything worth seeing has to be perfect for an audience to take something away from it.”
Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power premieres on October 21st.
Check out the trailer below.
https://www.indiewire.com/2022/09/brainwashed-trailer-nina-menkes-deconstructs-male-gaze-1234766502/ “Brainwashed” trailer: Nina Menkes deconstructs the male gaze