QUEEN OF DIAMONDS – Review by Leslie Combemale

It’s not easy living in a transactional world without losing hope. That seems to be one of the truths evident to viewers of Queen of Diamonds. Newly restored, the film is written, produced, directed, and shot by feminist auteur Nina Menkes. She has been in the spotlight most recently for her documentary Brainwashed: Sex, Camera, Power, examin[ng the gendered and often misogynistic visual grammar of cinema. Traveling to an earlier work by Menkes offers a fascinating look at how a female filmmaker can reframe or manipulate what has, over time, become the traditional visual language of film, in the service of more femme-centric storytelling.

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