Is there anything either positive or negative in the film’s representation of women not already accounted for here? (points will vary)
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: Though the two subjects of the documentary are male, and the film is about them at a point in history when their field — the intersection of media and politics — was dominated by men, the filmmakers clearly made an effort to include interviews with two modern media commentators (Ginia Bellafante of The New York Times and Brooke Gladstone of NPR) to interpret for us, from perches of authority, the historical footage we’re watching and what the past has to say to us. There are plenty of men in similar positions the film could have interviewed instead, but didn’t.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of Best of Enemies! It is simply an examination of how well or how poorly it represents women. (A movie that represents women well can still be a terrible film; a movie that represents women poorly can still be a great film.) Read my review of Best of Enemies.