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Most of you newbies seem to have found yourselves here via the Film Theory posts, which I’d left off some when Mountains happened. Ahhhhhah oops?

Someone mentioned analyzing Game Of Thrones which might be interesting because I don’t know the source material and it’s gorgeous and the people are gorgeous. Also? It’s a TV series. 

So I have a question to followers who might know: are there any directors or editors or cinematographers that are female? Which episodes did they direct/edit/block if so? Which episodes ‘feel’ particularly benign versus a bit sketchy? Note: I have no interest in watching/analyzing the rape episodes. I plan to watch with the sound off anyway but for one, it’s too obvious, for two, I don’t want that in my brain right now.

Per wikipedia’s List of Game of Thrones directors page:

Michelle MacLaren (season 3, 4; 4 episodes)

An interesting meta-commentary (that would require dealing with some of the squickier gender attitudes of the show, so maybe not) could be made about the S6E5 episode The Door (written by Benioff and Weiss; directed by Jack Bender). When I watched it I was struck by the play-within-a-play depiction of the group of traveling players in Braavos. As Arya watches the players retelling the scene in King’s Landing that was the climax of that story arc in season 1, the relationship between narrative entertainment and truth is central to the drama. In light of the (many and justified) criticisms of how the show has used elements like female nudity and sexual violence, I thought it was interesting that when play!Tyrion strips play!Sansa’s torso to expose her breasts, the audience gasps, and in particular an older woman behind Arya is shown raising her hand to her mouth and being visibly upset.

Later, backstage, there’s a very desexualized closeup of a male actor’s penis as he talks about his concern that he has contracted an STD.

You could say that this is just GoT being GoT in terms of the differential way it handles nudity and sexual violence. Or you could view it as the show trying to excuse the use of exploitative female nudity a few minutes earlier by throwing out some gratuitous male nudity. But you could also view it as the show being self-aware about the criticism it has received, and representing and commenting on how they have used sexual violence and nudity to shock and titillate the audience, while showing the players being more grimly matter-of-fact in their attitude toward such things when the audience isn’t watching. That doesn’t excuse the things they’ve done, but it opens the door to a more complex understanding of how the show’s creators think about it.

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Tags: GoT, meta.

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