Marxism’s greatest complaint about non-socialist societies is that it engenders a class system based on ownership that is then perpetually recreated. From the beginning, women and non-whites were denied ownership; in the latter case they were actually the property to be owned itself. This ingrained devaluation of the worth of women and African-Americans is, for the most part, no longer sanctioned by law, but it is still a long distance away from being unsanctioned by the naturalization of ideology.
Madonna symbolically married herself off on the awards show and afterward she was no longer eligible to be a “Boy Toy.” She’d not only gotten married on television, but she’d consummated the relationship as well. The fact that there was no groom is only another layer of irony, leading to her next image: wife. Or, to put it more succinctly, Material Girl.
Because of her affront to so-called decency, Madonna has been attacked from the political right…
Aside from Monty, the main reason to watch is that it is the most persistent and comprehensive critique of capitalism to ever win a major Academy Award. The brilliance is that it is disguised as a doomed romance.