Under the Eye: The Handmaid’s Tale (1990)

The only way to have watched The Handmaid’s Tale in 1990 (indeed even to read the source material) was to regard the story as “speculative” science fiction; not a clarion call or warning to movie audiences of things to come, but a virtually identical angle and attack of exploitation.

Misadventures in Blissville

I hadn’t seen The Handmaid’s Tale movie since the mid ’90s, so when it showed up on PBS, I recorded it as a possible review for my Vintage Cable Box series, or for this collection of essays. It’s been on the DVR list going on about a year, and I still had no interest in re-watching the movie. This week, I have the harmonic convergence of three movies; from all outward appearances distinct pieces of entertainment, yet they all share the common theme of sexism and oppression of women. I’m a straight white male, so I couldn’t possibly understand the plight of women and since I am directly responsible for the mistreatment of all women (because subtext is non-existent these days), I figured these three movies would straighten my ass out. First, we watched Room (not the fun, terrible 2003 Tommy Wiseau movie). Next up was The Invisible Man starring…

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