Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...

Michael Moore: Zero Dark Thirty is a Movie About 'How We Don't Listen to Women.'

Women and Hollywood By Kerensa Cadenas | Women and Hollywood January 29, 2013 at 10:00AM

Always controversial and rarely quiet political filmmaker and author, Michael Moore, has spoken out in defense of Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty.
5
Kathryn Bigelow and Jessica Chastain

Always controversial and rarely quiet political filmmaker and author, Michael Moore, has spoken out in defense of Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty.

Moore took to Facebook (and Time.com), writing a long piece in defense of the film, taking the position that the film does not advocate torture like many are saying, but instead how good, old detective work can have excellent results.

While Moore mainly focuses on the torture debate in regards to Zero Dark Thirty—he has a brief, but spot on rumination on the topic of gender in the film—both in the context of the film itself and in a larger societal context—the fact that men don’t listen to women.

Oh – and girl. 'Zero Dark Thirty' – a movie made by a woman (Kathryn Bigelow), produced by a woman (Megan Ellison), distributed by a woman (Amy Pascal, the co-chairman of Sony Pictures), and starring a woman (Jessica Chastain) is really about how an agency of mostly men are dismissive of a woman who is on the right path to finding bin Laden. Yes, guys, this is a movie about how we don't listen to women, how hard it is for them to have their voice heard even in these enlightened times. You could say this is a 21st century chick flick – and it would do you well to see it.

Just another loud voice weighing in on the issue surrounding the ongoing Zero Dark Thirty debate.

In Defense of Zero Dark Thirty (Michael Moore)

This article is related to: Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty, Sexism, Michael Moore, Women Directors, Megan Ellison, Women Producers, Jessica Chastain