Modern cinema is often drawn not to the present, but to historical plots. Directors usually do not retell the “tradition” embedded in them, but rethink it, looking at it as if with a fresh eye. We’ve put together seven films in which the authors talk about masculinity – and we’re trying to assess how they did it.
There is no life without the enemy: Men’s gender socialization in the retro film “World Champion”
Traditionally, on New Year’s Eve, Nikita Mikhalkov and Leonid Vereshchagin release a film in which Soviet men win. Such was the “T-34” about waltzing tanks, such was “Movement Up” about the final game of basketball at the Munich Olympics – 1972, and so was this year’s film “World Champion” – about the battle on the chessboard, which went beyond 64 cells – between Anatoly Karpov, the twelfth world champion, and the title contender, Victor Korchny. This time the image of the enemy is not embodied in the German invaders and not in the Americans, no, this time the good of Soviet hardening is opposed by a Soviet citizen – Grandmaster Viktor Korchnoy played by the always bright Konstantin Khabensky. He does not act alone, he is supported by invisible, but not dormant Western intelligence services.
The story of one rape: Why millennials didn’t come to the movie “The Last Duel”
Duels are forbidden, but the king – to whom Carrouge came with a complaint – lifts the ban for the sake of a duel, which will be the last in medieval France. The fight will not go to blood, but to death; in case Le Gray defeats her husband, Marguerite de Carrouge will be burned immediately in the square. She must watch the fight on a scaffold erected for her, in shackles.
Grand Dune: How Denis Villeneuve’s blockbuster turned out
On the surface of The Dune is the story of Paul Atreides’ growing up, played by Timothy Shalame. The actor coped well with the role of a confused and doubtful, but at the same time open and curious teenager who has to grow up very quickly. He becomes an example of a new masculinity, and in his life there are several significant role models among men.
“The Legend of the Green Knight”: Training the senses and new masculinity in the film by David Lowry
Like Adam Driver in most of his roles, Dev Patel shows the fragile and trembling side of a man. Gawain Patel is forced to overcome fear, he doubts himself, his choice, and sometimes his mind, but is open to feelings, does not suppress them, does not wear a mask of insensibility and superiority. This is both an understanding of the masculinity of modern man, and an interpretation of the original plot of the legend.
Why is everyone arguing about Annette?
Mike Deangelo of the AV Club, while not denying the “bold, creative and fearless” components of the film, says it’s “another semi-compassionate portrait of toxic masculinity that doesn’t go deep into the protagonist’s perverted psyche.” We understand whether this is so.
“Coupe № 6”: A film-journey about the rapprochement of opposites
In the film, although Lech immediately gets drunk and then releases a misogynistic commentary on a fellow traveler, he still does not utter the book hero’s monologues about violence against his wife and his attitude towards women in general. We tell you how the film about the Finns’ trip to Russia turned out.
Danila Kozlovsky’s “Karamora”: Seven Poods of August Violence in the Mantle of Sexism
Karamora and his comrades travel to Wallachia, Dracula’s homeland, to find confirmation of the vampire-Masonic conspiracy theory, and throughout the second series Kozlovsky-Karamora dodges bullets like Rambo and speaks brilliant English with an American pronoun. Shortparis soloist Nikolai Komyagin plays Mayakovsky, and when asked how the poet’s poems are, Karamora answers: “Norms.”