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      Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power

      Released Oct 21, 2022 1h 47m Documentary TRAILER for Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power: Trailer 1 List Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power: Trailer 1 Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power: Trailer 1 1:45 View more videos
      70% Tomatometer 54 Reviews 88% Audience Score 50+ Ratings Brainwashed is based on director Nina Menkes's cinematic presentation, Sex and Power, the Visual Language of Cinema, that uses film clips by A-list directors from 1896 to the present, to show how the visual grammar of cinema contributes to conditions that create discriminatory hiring practice, pay inequity and a pervasive environment of sexual harassment in the film industry and beyond. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Although its subject calls for a more incisive treatment, Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power is a worthy primer on the male gaze in cinema.

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      Linda Marric The Jewish Chronicle Menkes delves deep into Hollywood’s obsession with the female body and its continued sexist representation of young women as objects of desire. Rated: 4/5 May 12, 2023 Full Review Kevin Maher Times (UK) Political, economic and social factors are all conveniently, outrageously, ignored while movies such as Vertigo, Raging Bull and Blade Runner are blamed for everything from body fascism to rape culture. Rated: 1/5 May 12, 2023 Full Review Lillian Crawford Little White Lies Menkes’ accusations against other women directors border on misogyny. Rated: 2/5 May 10, 2023 Full Review Serena Seghedoni Loud and Clear Reviews Will be genuinely educational to some viewers – the key word being “some“. Rated: 3/5 Jul 23, 2023 Full Review David Bax Battleship Pretension Concluding with opposing examples, films where the images pass Menkes’ muster, the film’s lasting impression is one of condescension and distrust toward its audience. Jun 14, 2023 Full Review Rosalynn Try-Hane Liquid Marmalade It will make you see the way women are portrayed on screen differently. May 18, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Gwyn V This is easily one of, if not the most, important documentary about filmmaking. This film truly deprogrammed my brain. It opened my eyes to how films enter our psyche and perpetuate ideas about the world. Watching this should be a prerequisite for all people entering the industry. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/14/24 Full Review Steph G I think this documentary (which is more like a recording of TED-like talk with interviews interspersed) is one of the most important documentaries of our time for women and their push for equality. Why? Because the way women are represented in the media and film has to change. And Menkes makes a convincing argument of how that current, sexist lens creates real-world chaos for women. You can read more at my blog here: https://stephaniewest.org/2023/03/06/one-of-the-most-important-documentaries-of-our-time-if-the-camera-is-predatory-then-the-culture-is-predatory-as-well/ Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/13/23 Full Review Brian Scott M Finally got to see "Brainwashed". On the big screen. With a fantastic Q&A that included the filmmakers. (Live in LA) See it - the documentary is a critical and unflinching mirror to cinema's sexist past, and some keys to a better future on the page, on set, and on film. It's not a man-bashing, woke fest. It insightfully and clearly illustrates the objectification culture present in film today, as well as the historic and current employment discrimination against women. #consciousnessistransformative Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review gina k warning: this film may take you on a rollercoaster of anger-grief-hope. BRAINWASHED: SEX-CAMERA-POWER is striking in its simple, straightforward demonstration of power dynamics at play in the visual language of cinema, the impact of those dynamics on culture, and solutions for moving forward in a new way. filmmaker nina menkes treats the subject in a calm and measured manner, walking the audience through the topic like they're attending a graduate film studies class. the audience is given a multitude of examples which demonstrate a visual pattern that is - whether intentionally or unintentionally - reinforced throughout a century of filmmaking, a pattern that most often objectifies women and minorities. the film links this pattern to the wider, societal implications, its role in contributing to the everyday objectification of women and minorities in workplaces and interpersonal interactions, and the inequitable economics of filmmaking. then, rather than condemning the visual pattern, or shaming those who use it, the film plainly asks, "is this style of visual language effectively communicating the narrative?" and/or "is there another way to accomplish the goal that may be even more effective?" here, examples of alternatives are provided. by bringing the pattern into conscious awareness without any shame or retribution, the film allows the audience an opportunity to choose to heal the collective trauma wrought by the normalization of on-screen dehumanization, and to be free of the unconscious visual language so that it can be transformed into an entirely new system. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Leyi D I went for a movie, not for a lecture, and certainly not for the director's narcissist plug-ins of her own films. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 12/08/23 Full Review Lynne M An eye-opening look at the subtle techniques of cinema language perpetuate ideas about men and women that seep into everyone's subconscious in harmful ways. A must-see for anyone making creative content. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Brainwashed is based on director Nina Menkes's cinematic presentation, Sex and Power, the Visual Language of Cinema, that uses film clips by A-list directors from 1896 to the present, to show how the visual grammar of cinema contributes to conditions that create discriminatory hiring practice, pay inequity and a pervasive environment of sexual harassment in the film industry and beyond.
      Director
      Nina Menkes
      Producer
      Nina Menkes
      Distributor
      Kino Lorber
      Production Co
      Menkesfilm, Eos World Fund
      Genre
      Documentary
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Oct 21, 2022, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Dec 6, 2022
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $28.8K
      Runtime
      1h 47m
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