Martyrs of the Alamo is a silent film that not only loosely depicts the historical event of the Battle at the Alamo but it perpetuates ethnic stereotypes of Mexicans to build a sense of nationalism in the early 1900’s. Researchers Ford and Harawa argue in their academic journal that ethnicity can be broken down into two dimensions, relational and attributional. The relational dimension pertains to the relationship dynamics between an ethnic group and the society they live in. These relationships can be shown through different societal institutions; such as, the educational system, judicial system and even the film industry. As stated by Dr. Keeling, the film industry can be seen as an institution that produces ways of thinking of the …show more content…
By using the Mexican solider and the small child it can allude to the harm that can be done to the United States. The child can symbolize the future of America and the cost that can be paid if Americans do not fight for what is theirs. By instilling fear, Griffin could spark Americans to react and feel that it is their duty to protect their country. We see a large contrast between the American characters and Mexican characters in the film. The American characters are chivalrous, courageous and dressed in a typical “Western” fashion; raccoon fur hats, formal wear or button down shirts while the Mexican characters are depicted as cowards and womanizing drunks in sombreros, ponchos or soldier uniforms with darkened skin. These negative depictions of Mexicans are used as a contrast from this perfect image of what it is to be “American”. For example, the General Santa Ana is portrayed to be a weak leader who is detached from the battle and who is preoccupied with exploiting women. In contrast to Davy Crockett who is able to band together with others to fight and protect Texas while on the battle front. Griffin uses these historic Alamo figures to emulate what it means to belong to America. The idea of Americans not backing down against a threat is portrayed through figures like Davy Crocket. These negative portrayals of Mexicans fuels an already existing stigma. Griffin reinforces these archetypes through film and this in turn can lead to the
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By creating the contrast of the pachuco with the math teacher in this mode, Culture Clash entertainingly depicts the harsh roles on hand to Chicanos in mainstream mass media and mocks the great switch from one role to the next. I found it comical that Che Guevara comes back from the dead and gets
All of this proves that Hollywood is not doing a good job in making up for the blatantly racist films of the twentieth century. Hollywood needs to do more to reverse the stereotypes of early film because such stereotypes are still seen today along with their respective repercussions.
The last scene cuts from the mass executing fields of San Jacinto, highlighting dead Mexican troopers to the extent the eye can see, to the famous figure of Davy Crockett fiddling on the mass of the Alamo. The gore at San Jacinto reviews the butcher at the Alamo and is all the more huge for its conveying Texas from the grip of the domineering Mexican general Antonio López de Santa Anna. The vanquishing of the brutal and ethically suspect corrupt Mexican pioneer brings into being the Texas republic. Overall, the film relates to history because of the battles fought during the Texas Revolution making the Alamo an iconic
Immigration is a complex and multifaceted issue that faces the US. In his film, Sin Nombre (2009), director Cary Fukunaga aims to juxtaposition the issue of immigration with the issue of gang violence in Mexico, and show the difficulties immigrants face by giving his audience an insider’s perspective into the experience of immigrating to the United States from Honduras. He does this through a variety of characters; most notably Willie and Sayra. Fukunaga did extensive research on life in the Mara Salvatrucha gang and the process of immigrating to America, in order to make his film realistic and authentic. The result is a movie that not only shows immigration in a way that evokes empathy and enforces the humanity of immigrants in the viewer’s mind, but also gives the viewer a look into the realities of being in a gang. Through the use of strong characters, powerful dialogue and vivid imagery, Fukunaga uses pathos to put a human face to the issue of immigration, logos to inform and give his audience context about the issues the film addresses, and ethos to establish his credibility and make the film believable.
Lastly, Fear and Loathing Las Vegas reveals racist nature of the American military and the decay
This was a war movie so it contained the violent scene of bombarding and murdering. Although it was illegal to have slaves in Texas but some did carry slave which violated the laws. As well as the film portrayed that the Mexicans are hard hearted, they were so rude in nature. The film was set in The Alamo. The movie set version of The Alamo chapel façade forward 30-40 feet more than exact structure. It was because the director wanted to show The Alamo chapel and interior of the fort in one shot. It was the largest and most expensive set which was overbuilt in North America which comes off 51 acres. The exterior scenes were shot in Texas between Jan-June 2003, near Austin. The film main scene of the Mexican attack on The Alamo was done under harsh weather conditions – battles scenes were shot in cold rain for hours to make scenes realistic. The costumes worn by two different parties were peculiar. The Texans wore long hat, coat, pant, and shoes whereas the Mexicans set of clothes were colorful, they worn clothes composed of different color like red, white, black, and white with peacock like a hat. And finally, I think that this important history is very much relevant in creating Texans who are living in this 21st century. This history helps Texans to be proud of their past and feel great for their
This reaction paper is based on a film by the name of “Lone Star.” The Director of this film is an independent director by the name of John Sayless. Lone Star is a contemporary film that was created in 1996. This film is a Western based film that. But it is set in the present day was created on the U.S./Mexico border. It describes a sheriff that is trying to get revenge of his father’s Buddy Dee death. In doing so he sorts out to solve a crime. The crime has to do with him and his father, Buddy Dee. The film also details the sheriff's love life and his relations to his high school history teacher. The teachers mother a restaurant owner was one of many people to jump the US border. Towards the end of the movie the Sheriff finds out the love of his life is not only his true love but his sister. He finds out that his father and the teacher’s mother had an affair in which the teacher was conceived. It was ironic because the sheriff had method to the teacher while having sex with her that it felt weird later to find out that they were brother and sister.
Santa Anna saw the need to take the Alamo, to show his military superiority. In late February 1836, the Mexican Army marched toward the Alamo. They arrived on February 23. At that time, the Mexican force numbered 6,000. The total number of men defending the Alamo was no more than 250. (Sources still debate the exact number.) Many were from Texas; many were not. The "outsiders" came from 28 countries and U.S. states. They ranged in age from 16 to 57. The Mexicans had brought a large number of cannons as well, but the army settled down for a siege, hoping to weaken the already outnumbered defenders. Bugles blared at all hours of the day and night. Random blasts of artillery fire punctuated the long days and nights that the defenders were having to endure. Twelve days later, on March 6, the Mexican Army moved in. By this time, their numbers were significantly reduced because of illness or desertion. Still, the number of Mexican soldiers that stormed the Alamo on that day was close to 1,500. - See more at:
In this movie racism and discrimination is the cause of all kinds of trouble. The members of the school board, whether they knew it or not, looked at the Mexicans with a stereotype in mind. They didn’t take the time to understand Mexican culture or try to make contact with the Mexicans in their town. This exact
In the first chapter of the book the author Michel-Roth Trouillot he brings up the story of the Alamo. He shows the reader how the same story can be viewed in completely different ways. He starts by telling the story in very matter of fact fashion from the Mexican point of view. He talks about how Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna took over a Franciscan Mission with a total number of 189 defenders. (Little did he know that mythic heros Davy
The author provides background into the events leading up to the war, particularly the collapse, imprisonment, and exile of Santa Anna. Events and key personnel on the American side are also outlined in detail. President Tyler is described as “seizing the initiative” to shift public opinion against Mexico by assigning a troublemaker, Wilson Shannon, as the minister to that country in 1844. Eisenhower provides a detailed description on the implementation of weaponry and tactics during all stages of warfare. He often refers to the performance of the main characters in other conflicts such as the war of 1812 and forward to the civil war. The cause of this war is summed up early in the text followed by
Mexican Americans in Texas have a long and detailed history spanning from the arrival of Cortez all the way to the present day. Through historical events, the culture and identity of Mexican Americans have shifted, diverted, and adapted into what people chose to identify as. The rise of the Chicano identity during the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement was an adaptation as a culture to oppressive and unjust treatment from white, Anglos that had almost all political and social power over all minorities. To stop the oppressive voices from silencing and oppressing the Mexican Americans, they had to stand up to fight for their rights as American citizens that also had Mexican or Spanish heritage to be proud of. In Oscar Zeta Acosta’s novel, The Revolt of the Cockroach People, he dives into the Chicano Movement as a witness and an active participant. His larger than life character is on the front lines of the movement and examines the shift in identity among the group. It was particularly rising of their Chicano identity that gave the people cause to organize politically and socially in order to fight for a worthy cause.
The southwest is a region of the United States that makes our country unique. Without the southwest, we would undoubtedly lack the spirit, hope, beauty, and truth that this vast region brings to the rest of the United States as a whole. The southwest represents many things, such as journeying, racism, violence, the clashing and cooperation of cultures, and spirituality, as well as primitivism and pastoralism. All of these elements that the Southwest is comprised of is perhaps the reason why the rest of the country feels so captivated by it; why the southwest is considered a place to “find yourself” or to “regenerate”; and why literature and film regarding the Southwest has been and continues to be of the most popular genres. The western film was one of the most popular during the first half of the twentieth century. Audiences far and wide were mesmerized by actors such as John Wayne and Roy Rogers, and their roles as heroes who fought to tame the American frontier. This very concept, ‘taming the frontier’, gives way to a larger theme that was prevalent in many western films and literature of the southwest: ubi sunt, or rather “where are those who came before us?”. Director Sam Peckinpah’s The Ballad of Cable Hogue portrays this idea better than any other western film; the concept of ubi sunt is undeniably the film’s overarching theme, clearly seen through its components.