In our Foxcatcher review, we delve into the politics of class, patriotism and masculinity that are so well critiqued in this Oscar-nominated film. A quiet movie, there are a lot more motifs and a lot of the film’s thought-provoking ideas go left unsaid. So, we’re here to get that conversation rolling, as Alexis starts us off on the class dimensions of the film, while Chepe points out analogies made between the treatment of working class wrestlers and that of the Du Pont’s horses. We also take it to the Bechdel Test, and this class is pass or fail.
You can rent or buy Foxcatcher on iTunes.
Episode Reading List:
- As the Du Ponts made their initial wealth off of the US military, it’s a good time to check out the War Resisters League.
- And here’s a brief review of the Bechdel Test, or see this comprehensive list of movies and whether or not they pass it: http://bechdeltest.com/.
- The Rise of Meritocracy — dystopian novel by Michael Young, which Alexis learned about in Chris Hayes’ book Twilight of the Elites.
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