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Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power

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Genres: Documentary
Starring: Julie Dash, Penelope Spheeris, Charlyne Yi, Joey Soloway, Catherine Hardwicke
Director: Nina Menkes
Plot Synopsis:

"If the camera is predatory, then the culture is predatory."

In this eye-opening documentary, celebrated independent filmmaker Nina Menkes explores the sexual politics of cinematic shot design. Using clips from hundreds of movies we all know and love – from Metropolis to Vertigo to Phantom Thread – Menkes convincingly makes the argument that shot design is gendered. Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power illuminates the patriarchal narrative codes that hide within supposedly “classic” set-ups and camera angles, and demonstrates how women are frequently displayed as objects for the use, support, and pleasure of male subjects. Building on the essential work of Laura Mulvey and other feminist writers, Menkes shows how these not-so-subtle embedded messages affect and intersect with the twin epidemics of sexual abuse and assault, as well as employment discrimination against women, especially in the film industry. The film 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, Maria Giese, and Rosanna Arquette. The result is an electrifying call-to-action that will fundamentally change the way you see, and watch, movies.

Special Features:
-Audio commentary with director Nina Menkes and editor Cecily Rhett
-Isolated Excerpts of the Score by Sharon Farber
-Q&A with Nina Menkes courtesy of DCTV
-Theatrical Trailer

  • Release Details
    Release Date: January 24th, 2023
    Movie Release Year: 2022
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Kino Lorber
  • Technical Specs
    Length:105 Minutes
    Specs:Blu-ray Disc
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p AVC/MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):1.78:1
    Subtitles/Captions:English SDH