Analysis Of The Movie ' Requiem For Detroit '

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Julien Temple in his 2010 documentary, Requiem For Detroit?, brought light to the evolution of the motorcar industry in Detroit and how it affected the development process throughout the state. Detroit’s development was dependent on the modernised industrial revolution that brought forth the expansion of suburban life and growing consumerism. This also came to be known as the ‘American dream’. He also foregrounds to his viewers, what a post capitalist society looks like which came as a result of Detroit’s longing for this ‘American dream’. Temple brought attention to the rise of Fordism and the manufacturing process that accompanied it, as well as the impact of the 1930’s depression and how it caused social strife, poverty and violent out…show more content…
For example, Temple showed clips of ex convicts who would confess to crimes they committed and admitted to it being a source of ‘fun’. One man says “abnormal behaviour, in an abnormal environment, is a normal response” (RFD?, 2010) By providing his viewers with evidence such as this, Temple was able to express that the reason for such violent outbreak in Detroit was a result of desperation among it’s youth. This insight on violence and crime that Temple provided raised levels of concern amongst his viewers that perhaps, this was the future for Detroit. His use of repeated sound effects such as police sirens and women screaming gave the illusion that Detroit was doomed to fade to rubble. His use of music and repeated footage of Detroits’ tragic landscape also helped to support this potential pathway for his intended reading. This possible outcome for Detroit however, was not truly challenged until the last final moments of his film. Temple showed Detroit, or ‘The Motor City’ to be a fast paced, predominately white, rapidly growing economy. It was seen as one of the great epicentres of 20th century music and home to the American automobile. Unfortunately, it was later realised that the exact attitude that drove Detroit to its glory days were the same exact attitudes that sent Detroit into decline. Temple spends a considerable amount of screen time following an urban explorer

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