Crash Stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination are the underlying themes of Crash. This 2004 American drama film depicts racial and social tensions in Los Angeles, California. Several inter-related stories of different and unique characters of diverse races and ethnicities twist together just during two days in Los Angeles. These include a black detective, two carjackers, the white District Attorney, a racist white policeman, an African American Hollywood director and his wife, a Persian-immigrant father, and an industrious Hispanic locksmith. One thing interesting about Crash is the fact that no actual victims or offenders are detected among the characters.
‘Those who have the greatest impact on history are remembered as much for their faults as their achievements’. To what extent does the study of your personality support this view? Leni Riefenstahl was one of the most revolutionary—and certainly most controversial—filmmakers of the early twentieth century. The lasting influence of her innovative filmmaking techniques on twentieth-century cinema is undisputed by filmmakers and scholars throughout history, but the exact nature of her work is surrounded by ongoing controversy. Riefenstahl’s production of the feature films Triumph of the Will and Olympia have left a lasting imprint on history; these films established Riefenstahl’s influential career as a film director under the years of the Nazi regime.
The date and time appear on the screen leading you to think that they are important almost as if it is a police re-construction as they are trying to solve a crime. The camera Goes from an extreme long shot to a window and peeps through to a close up free flowing through the room showing and Janet Leigh and her co-star in what would have been considered a shocking scene, her in a bra and petticoat having an affair with a married man. The target audience of this film would be horror and suspense. Hitchcock was himself a household name at this time and also had many strategies to get audiences into the theatre for instance
Critical Analysis Film: Vertigo Authority and manipulation is played strongly in one of the most classic Hitchcock’s films of all time, Vertigo (1958). Through the analysis of visual imagery and camera angles, it allows the audience to explore how the male protagonist, Scottie’s masculinity and power is used to control, manipulate and change Judy in order to succeed his replacement of the death of his lover, Madeline. Film techniques has been effectively used to portray Scottie’s use of authority in order to change Judy to fit his obsession with Madeline. When Scottie and Judy are at Ernie’s Restaurant having their first date, Scottie is spotted by Judy looking at a woman who was similarly dressed in a grey outfit as Madeline. This effectively portrays Judy’s vulnerability and pitifulness as she is a constant reminder of only Madeline through Scottie’s eyes; this is also supported through her sad facial expression and her looking downwards and then back at him.
Two authors that discuss this method of giving deeper meanings to stories are Stephen King (in his essay “My Creature from the Black Lagoon) and Gloria Steinem (in her essay “Wonder Woman”). By comparing and contrasting the contents, styles, and purposes of King’s and Steinem’s essays, it is evident that both authors believe in this “never judge a book by its cover” attitude. Stephen King knows quite a bit about writing horror novels. After all, he has written over one- hundred books, many of those eventually being transformed into movies or television shows (p.582). In “My Creature from the Black Lagoon” King discusses his thoughts on horror films and challenges the reader to change their initial perception of the term “horror movie.” Most Americans think of a movie with lots of blood and monsters when they think about horror movies.
Navigate Introduction ∗Principal Works Criticism Further Reading Introduction Print PDF Cite Spike Lee 1957– (Full name Shelton Jackson Lee) American director, producer, screenwriter, nonfiction writer, and actor. The following entry presents an overview of Lee's career through 1996. INTRODUCTION Spike Lee has become a cultural icon in America. Known for his outspokenness as well as for his films, Lee has attracted both controversy and critical attention. Tackling such topics as racism, the life of slain African-American activist Malcolm X, interracial relationships, phone sex, and the world of drug dealing, Lee's work has met with mixed reviews.
John Torres Ewrt. 2 Orella 2/13/13 Fear Window Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954, cinematic thriller, Rear Window, has captivated audiences since it’s debut almost 60 years ago. “The Master of Suspense”, has engineered a masterpiece that tackles fear, in all its forms. (The Biography Channel Website. Online) From the common phobia of aging, to the ball and chains of marriage, and into the paranoia of getting caught murdering your wife, Hitchcock offers a window to say the least into an evolving domestic life in the 50’s, with a murderous twist of fate.
I will explore these issues as I compare and contrast the two films. The movie Crash combines the many struggles met by today's racial stereotypes into a collection of several related social problems faced by the film's cast. The movie is set in present-day Los Angeles, a city with an ethnic mix of every race. Their stories link during two days in Los Angeles involving an assortment of characters, two car thieves who are constantly speculating on society and race, a bigoted cop and his younger partner, a Hispanic locksmith and his young daughter, the white district attorney and his wife, a police detective with a drugged out mother and a mischief younger brother, a Hollywood director and his wife, and a Persian immigrant father. To Kill a Mockingbird deals with many basic lessons in human nature.
David Denby creates a strongly negative view of a popular movie. He first builds a strong ethos via a wide range of background knowledge, builds the common ground between readers who might holds different views and him through logos, and uses great connotation and influential vocabulary and metaphors to validate his illustration by pathos. In terms of ethos, with valid academic background from Columbia College and Stanford University, David Denby is a well-known film critic of the New Yorker. His identity suggests his authenticity in film reviewing and background in the film industry. For instance, he mentioned in the second paragraph that, “The ‘All about Eve’ business with dancers preying on one another was retained from a discarded screenplay by Andres Heinz, who worked on the final version of ‘Black Swan’ with Mark Hyman and John J. Mclaughlin.” By showing the audience insiders’ insights from the film industry, Denby shows his familiarity with
As I look down the list of movies to watch to write this paper I realized I had recently seen a movie titled Crash that embodied a lot of stereotypes that are constantly a problem in our country today. I had been meaning to watch this movie because of its great reviews it had received. The title of the movie Crash could not have been more perfectly placed. In America we found ourselves in the most culturally mixed Country, and with that are sure to bring differences and racism. Like a car crash we are accidently placed in situations everyday that bring out our own stereotypes towards others that we sometimes do not even realize.