This article provides a feminist analysis of the HBO documentary The Inventor: Out for Blood (dir. Alex Gibney, 2019) about Elizabeth Holmes and her failed biotech startup company Theranos, exploring the way that gender functions in terms of Holmes's appeal to the male journalists and investors who first supported the company as well as the way that gender functions in the film. This article also highlights a number of key aspects of the film including the parallel that Gibney makes between Holmes and Thomas Edison and the way that the Holmes/Theranos story provides an allegory for the Trump (“post-truth”) contemporary moment.
Loving the Lie: Elizabeth Holmes, Thomas Edison, and Alex Gibney
S. Topiary Landberg is an interdisciplinary media artist, curator and writer and is the 2018-2020 Mellon Curatorial Fellow at the Oakland Museum of California. She received her PhD in Film & Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her dissertation about urban landscape essay film received a Chancellor's Dissertation Completion Fellowship. Her essay about Citizenfour will appear in the forthcoming Reclaiming Popular Documentary, eds. Christie Milliken and Steve F. Anderson (Indiana University Press).
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S. Topiary Landberg; Loving the Lie: Elizabeth Holmes, Thomas Edison, and Alex Gibney. Film Quarterly 1 September 2020; 74 (1): 64–68. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2020.74.1.64
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