Basinger on “Fill the Void”

The New York Times called upon Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies Jeanine Basinger, who recently published a book on marriage movies, to comment on a new film called, “Fill the Void.” Set in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Israel, the film “weaves the intimate particulars of Hasidic life into the more conventional marriage plot, a Hollywood staple,” according to the article.

“The Orthodox community is maintaining the form of the marriage film because it is maintaining a former form of social intercourse,” said Basinger.

“It comes down to issues that are recognizable to anyone who’s ever been in a relationship,” Basinger said. The challenge, she added, is to “find the little action that explains the bigger meaning.”