TV series ‘I Love Dick’ neatly turns mansplaining on its head

When the memory of author Chris Kraus / Autofiction Master Dick was first published 20 years ago, it seemed we knew it most of the time. Over the past decade, the book has become a reputation for classic feminist worship and now has its own television show

Created by Jill Soloway Transparent, I Love Dick tells the story of Chris (Kathryne Hahn), an independent filmmaker who accompanies her husband historian Sylvere (Griffin Dunne) in Marfa, Texas, where he is a member of the Institute of Art, led by Dick Holder (Kevin Bacon), a successful and influential cultural figure.

When the film is Chris disqualified from a film festival, it remains in Marfa and becomes obsessed with Dick Jarrett, a modern mounted Marlboro man. Sylvere and Chris invited her to dinner, where she claims her male privilege and extreme chauvinism, questioning whether the movie Chris was good in the first place.

In the first episode, the program sets the context for what usually happens – a woman is seen but not part of the story. This is where I like Dick is different. The original Amazon series is available for viewing on Amazon Prime video.

What follows is a series of letters to Wild Dick, helping Chris pronounce and accept his desire and identity as a woman and artist. These letters he and Sylvere give a secret obsession that helps to rediscover each other.

Once Chris enters the wide Marfa, empty and emphatically masculine, bringing his feminine energy into the city known for equestrian ranches and oil rigs, he launched multiple narratives.

We meet Devon (Roberta Collindrez, star of the series) who works in high school and steals Chris letters to Dick as inspiration for a play he wrote. A Mexican-American whose family has lived in the lands of Dick Devon grew up wanting to be like Dick.

Paula (Lily Mojekwu), curator of the museum, is constantly frustrated by Dick’s refusal to exhibit works by female artists. Toby (India Menuez), another member of the institute, is a conceptual artist working on a hardcore project that wants to outdo Dick as an artist.

The most innovative episode in the series, A Brief History of Strange Girls, gives these women the opportunity to tell their individual stories, while telling how they fell into the orbit of man who represents the world malicentrique relentless and discriminatory art.

These women are not seen by the eyes of a man. They define how history goes for them. Although he may be trying to bumble bees or be a fool, Chris Masters history.

Kathryne Hahn embodies Chris’s frantic energy and physical clumsiness. Although nervous, confused, angry or scared, the show does not make fun of turning the female gaze.

Dick, Kevin Bacon is objectified that women have objectified as long as the film industry has existed. Soloway directs a lens through which the female is usually a decidedly masculine outlook. The title of the sample refers to the obsession of the woman with him, but the series is not his. It is about her.

Jill Soloway ended her acceptance speech primely Emmy in 2016 with three key words: “overthrow patriarchy.” With the ironic comedy Master Dick, Jill Soloway makes another attempt at the most successful.

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