This October, the Open Secret of Harvey Weinstein’s reprehensible behavior broke open. Namely, his harassment, assault, rape, and silencing of an astounding number of women.
But as we follow this story, I did want to draw attention to the struggles of those women who do not face the camera: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/hollywoods-female-crew-members-suffer-harassment-platform-stardom-1049766
It’s easy to forget just how many hands make the product of film. Like any industry, it has its own culture, traditions, policies, vocabulary, and so on. Does it matter if, for example, your favorite director is accused of statutory rape? Does it matter if, on the set of your favorite movie, a grip was a victim of sexual assault? How about an actress?
Part of analyzing film is, and should be, outside the frame. If you don’t like what you see outside that frame, how do you square that with a work of art that you love? Can you?
It’s a tough question. One to think about and live with, perhaps, rather than to answer.