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Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power

Presented by Cleveland Institute of Art and The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque at The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, Cleveland OH

Nov 17 - 20 2022
Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power

This eye-opening documentary by celebrated independent filmmaker Nina Menkes explores the sexual politics of cinematic shot design.

USA, 2022, Nina Menkes

Using scores of film clips—from Metropolis to Vertigo to Phantom Thread—Menkes makes the case that shot design is gendered. She illuminates patriarchal narrative codes within classic set-ups and camera angles that display women as objects for the use, support, and pleasure of men. She also argues that these embedded messages affect society’s twin epidemics of sexual abuse and assault, as well as employment discrimination. Includes interviews with many industry

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