Tuesday, August 28, 2018
"L Love You, Daddy" by Louis C.K. lost its distribution to scandal
From a little newspaper from Charlottesville VA today, I learned about a movie I had barely heard of because it was dropped by its US distributor last November, The Orchard, and then by most international distributors as well.
This was “I Love You, Daddy”, in black and white, written and directed by Louis C.K.
In November 2017, Richard Brody, of The New Yorker, wrote a piece vindictively titled, “Why Louis C.K.’s ‘I Love You, Daddy’ Should Never Have Been Distributed in the First Place”. The title suggests a sermon. Brody compares this black and white movie to Woody Allen’s “Manhattan” and then gives a detailed analysis of the debauchery of the plot. Louis himself plays Glen Topher, whose 17-year-old daughter China (Chloe Grace Moretz) becomes involved in an affair with a 68-year-old director Leslie Goodwin (John Malkovitch, whom a lot of us might “be”).
C.K. seems caught up in accusations from multiple women in the #MeToo movement. These days, nobody can touch an artist even credibly accused.
But Brody seems to believe that the movie deliberately tries so validate repressive values, by playing up George Gilder’s old idea (Brody doesn’t mention Gilder but should) that women really are superior to men biologically, so men need to make themselves superior politically.