Performance Review

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Performance Review

The 1995 release of the film ‘Clueless’, based on Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’, saw a new trend emerge in Hollywood. By adapting classic literary texts into modern day ‘Teen Dramas’, the film industry and those working in education may argue that such films allow youngsters an insight into plays and novels written hundreds of years ago. In effect, the work of Shakespeare and others is made accessible to the young, and in a world where reading is now perhaps considered secondary, many may well relish the fact that classic stories are still being presented and enjoyed in this ever evolving and advancing society. As Lynda E. Boose and Richard Burt argue: “…this shift to a cultural
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The widespread popularity of ‘Music of Black Origin’ has perhaps made many white youngsters become impressed by, and even in awe of ‘black’ attitudes. Not only does Odin’s talent for sport excite the pupils, but also, nearly every character appears to desire his race. This point is mainly presented through the film’s soundtrack. Rap and Hip-Hop is played non-diagetically all the way through the film. In using music in this way, director Tim Blake Nelson is foregrounding the thoughts and feelings of the black protagonist and giving the audience access to his psyche only through a black music medium. Like the characters in this film, a white audience may feel alienated by the music while at the same time, craving the access to Hip-Hop lifestyle and language afforded to Odin by birth. Throughout the film, the lyrics of these artists reiterate the point that being black is something to be proud of, even envied. An example of this is found in the scene where Odin and Desi are talking in her dormitory, as they speak we hear a song by an artist called ‘Black Star’ who repeatedly raps the line: “Black people unite and let’s all get down.”[6] By reversing the attitude towards black people, we can see the director has brought the story into the modern day.

The point of ‘blackness’ being envied is portrayed throughout the course of the
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