“It was stunning how many people were defending Bill Cosby. And it’s Not something we can defend. You have to ask the question: What investment do we have as a culture, what investment do we have as men, in Bill Cosby being innocent. – Marc
Number of Times Seen – 1 (14 Feb 2022)
Brief Synopsis – Documentary about the dichotomy of loving an artists public work, but despising what he did in his personal life.
My Take on it – This is a movie that I was fascinated to watch as soon as I heard about it.
As with most people who grew up in the 80’s, The Cosby Show was an integral part of our lives and was always waiting for us on Thursday Nights on NBC.
Bill Cosby was also a great comedian and hos records and specials on HBO were so much fun due to the amazing ideas and jokes that he brought forth.
When the allegations of his misconduct with women surfaced, it was so hard to comprehend because how could such a funny and lovable actor actually do these kind of things.
Over the past decade, stories ave come to light not only about Cosby, but about so many other famous people in the spotlight and this has given the world so much to ponder as to how do we deal with this problem of loving the art, but hating the artist.
This movie takes that issue full on and is filled with lots and lots and lots of interviews with people who respected him and how they have dealt with the fact that these accusations were more than just true.
I was so impressed about the gamut of people who are interviewed here because it includes so many that have had connections to Cosby over hos 60 year career including many of the woman who he took advantage of and raped both physically and emotionally after drugging them.
This film does an amazing job of adding to the whole discussion of how powerful men have taken advantage of woman over the decades and nothing was ever done about it especially given the fact that these were known things.
The documentary is 4 hours long, yet is so profound and poignant in its quest for finding a way for us all to come to terms with the fact that not all of our heroes are saints and what should one do after finding out that the person in real life is not even close to being the person we adore and aspire to be like on screen.
I was transfixed to the screen throughout because it was able to reignite the love of the characters and comedian work, yet made me despised the man even more due to his criminally abhorrent behavior throughout his career.
On a personal note, I have always tried to separate the actor from the person like in cases of Kevin Spacey or even Mel Gibson, but for some reason, this one is even harder because of the spic and span feel that Cosby always had which makes it even creepier to think about how he acted.
This film has me still thinking about the issues long after the credits have rolled.
Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Due to the sexual assault allegations against Cosby, numerous awards and honors have been rescinded, including the Kennedy Center Honor that he received in 1998 and was rescinded in 2018, as well as the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, which he received in 2009 and was rescinded in 2018. On May 3, 2018, Cosby was expelled as a member of the Actors Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, along with Roman Polanski and Harvey Weinstein. (From Wikipedia)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10)
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