(a film review by Mark R. Leeper)

BRAINWASHED--SEX-CAMERA-POWER begins with a quote by James Baldwin: "Not everything can be changed but nothing can be changed until it is faced."

It then proceeds to the notion of the "male gaze", a term first used in film criticism by Laura Mulvey, and demonstrated with scenes from METROPOLIS. What follows is a description of the various aspects of showing a woman on the screen as it is in the visual language of women in films: subject/object, framing, camera movement, and lighting.

Interestingly, the musical score sounds much like Bernard Herrmann's scores for Alfred Hitchcock which, given how much Hitchcock's films exemplify the male gaze, is ironic--or perhaps intentional.

Released theatrically 21 October 2022. Rating: +1 (-4 to +4) or 6/10

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