Film with Viola Davis revolutionizes as much as Godard – 9/23/2022 – Chalkboard

There are modes and modes and revolutionize whatever. Form, content, just form, just content.

But revolutions in general, not just in art, usually happen before outside the industry.

Before we see visible revolutions, we see people in basements trying new things.

Many of them never got to see them born.

They stay there, in the niche.

To stay with art, Charlie Parker’s jazz bebop, Godard’s cinema. Niche products.

Products the industry said “no” to.

The film ‘A Mulher Rei’ premiered in Brazil, a film that tells the story of the kingdom of Dahomey, which expelled slave traders from its coast in the 1800s. , performed by Viola Davis.

No man knows how to film or photograph or paint women without objectifying them. It includes irrelevant people like me, who have already directed three independent feature films, and grown-ups like Leonardo da Vinci.

In Godard’s ‘The Contempt’, the filmmaker films the ass of actress Brigitte Bardot in many colors, and the other half of his charm in films is being one of the forerunners of advertising and video clips in his phase with actress Anna Karina.

Yet the industry does not. Or rather, the filmmaker has always said no to the industry.

It is not easy to take courage to face the world of those who finance films, we have seen in good films on the subject, such as Barton Fink, by the Coen brothers, or City of Dreams, by David Lynch, for example.

Viola Davis got funding for this miracle that is `Woman King`, a film that is, above all, a primer to be followed on how to finally film women without objectifying them, without putting their sexuality in the foreground, without seeking to determine gender of a binary form. Anyway, everything that male characters have always been entitled to.

Russell Crowe’s ‘Gladiator’ is the typical movie that men in the industry love to put their money on.

But it could be that ‘King Woman’, which has been compared to Ridley Scott’s film, came into the world because something changed. Perhaps a world after the success of the movie ‘Black Panther’, where the king’s guard, also made up of women, was so successful among the kids. Perhaps more women are in positions of power in the industry. And power and money. Viola Davis is, herself, one of the producers of ‘Woman King’.

Her performance in the film is one of the most sophisticated of the year, because she builds a tough character that demonstrates a myriad of feelings in the cracks of the art of acting.

The actress and producer fears that the film does not gross well, producers may not finance more films of the type. The film opened well in the US. In Brazil, Viola came personally to get involved in the promotion, met with other black Brazilian artists, played tambourine in Mangueira, gave an interview in Fantástico.

And it was very interesting when she chose the Copacabana Palace, in Rio de Janeiro, to gather an audience full of black people to decolonize one of the most whitened places in the country’s history. Where galleries of distinguished guests display an endless wall of portraits of people like Frank Sinatra.

Even so, among some of the many black communities that exist in Brazil, the film received some criticism. Because Viola hired two white screenwriters and none black for the project, and in the screenplay there is a white-mestizo-Portuguese-slave-repentant-savior character who, if not for her intervention in two action points, all the black characters of the movie would have died. And for the demonization of the black man, related in the film to violence and rape against women.

This is how, as revolutionary as Godard, but navigating in less comfortable waters than the French decided to travel (within niches, mistakes and successes became, in any case, cult), which follows ‘Queen King’.

A historical film. He doubts? Watch now the movie ‘Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom’ and Steven Spielberg’s creative team’s demonization of sacred Hindu rituals. And review the virtually same scenes of African rituals from the Viola Davis film, this time in a respectful, sacred way.

A revolution to be celebrated as a manumission.

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