The films, Remember The Titans and The Sapphires are both discovering significant social messages of racial conflict. With these messages and the techniques used in both films they have resulted in two powerful films that highlight racial discrimination. This essay will explore the relationship between the filmmaking and the social messages it is trying to highlight, as well as the similarities, differences and techniques shared between both films
Both Laura Mulvey and bell hooks describe the idea of the “gaze” in film. In both of the theories presented by Mulvey and hooks, the “gaze” is the way in which viewers are subjected to a particular perspective because of their social standing. In Mulvey’s case, she argues that the “gaze” in which the audience is forced into is that of the “male gaze” while hooks argues a more nuanced “gaze” including the “oppositional gaze”. While some of Mulvey’s argument is accurate, hooks argues that it leaves out important other factors, in particular, race. Both arguments have many similarities and differences, and can be seen exemplified in many films, such as Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It.
In conclusion, the film She’s the Man shows the audience how gender gets represented in films. It shows the traditional femininity as well as the traditional masculinity. This illustrates that gender has impacts on power and gender relations to contribute gender inequality. Gender norms are enforced in films which maintain the power inequality difference between both genders. These issues confine the way modern films represent gender and gives a direct effect to the
This film paints multiple stereotypes and over exaggerates them to emphasize their relevance in society in hopes of changing the audiences' viewpoint of these stereotypes set before women.
they must achieve, and that is to get to Mexico to avoid being caught by the law.
In the media we see today, and movies that are continually coming out all have a central idea in common. They all show and represent the idealistic perspective of male versus female in society. From cartoons to chick flicks to romances and comedies we notice identifiable differences and trends represented between the two genders. In the movie I watched, “Clueless,” there are many examples illustrating male superiority over female, ideas of what femininity should be, and female appeal towards the male figures in the film.
As I just stated, I have spent the majority of this paper discussing women in film; why I think all of this leads well into the analysis of this film is because feminism forgot/didn’t include African American’s. In Lee’s film, set in Brooklyn in 1989, African American’s are still being prejudiced against; in the way that Johnston, Haskell, Rosen, Williams, etc., all discuss what it was to be a woman in Hollywood, omitting the way African American’s were also poorly treated and often vilified, the Caucasian suppressors in this film “forget” about the success of the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s. It is 1989 and they are still be oppressed. African American’s are free, to an extent. In the same way women had rights in the 20s on, but weren’t treated well is the same way African American’s were treated — and in some places are still
(Part 1) Thelma & Louise received mix responses from film critics when it first came out. The responses to the film were largely based on preconceived notions about how women operate in the criminal justice system. Obviously, this movie subverted a lot of these presumptions. The first issue was gender. Women had not been perceived as outlaws until this film. The whole idea of a woman in the criminal justice system did not embody what the movie portrayed. Specifically, after Thelma was sexually assaulted and Harlan was shot, the women come to the conclusion that going to the police won’t help them. They do not have faith the male dominated criminal justice system will look past Thelma’s drinking, dancing, and flirting with Harlan. In the article “Outlaw Women: An Essay on Thelma & Louise”, Elizabeth Spelman and Martha Minow said “Louise and Thelma both hear and reject the echo of societal conversations about blaming women who get raped because ‘they asked for it.’” Louise immediately acknowledges this stereotype against them which is the fact if a woman was raped, the law will view it like “she had it coming”. In other words, she was provocative in some way that established consent. Another issue concerning gender was the one of outlaw women. Normally, the traditional outlaw film contains a white male that we as the audience view as virtuous. While most probably favored what Thelma and Louise were doing, there were some points where the deviancy might have been too much.
The movie that I am going to be writing about is called Run Lola Run directed and written by Tom Tykwer, released in 1998. This movie is about a girl, Lola, who has to save her boyfriend, Manni, from the mob by getting 100,000 marks to him in twenty minutes and is about her efforts to get to him in three separate runs. The topic that I am going to focus on is the representation of gender in Run Lola Run compared to more typical representations in other movies. The four main topics that I am going to discuss are the history of gender representation, a look back at how gender is portrayed in movies in the past, gender in genre and with character, which is looking at different characters that broke or follow typical gender representation and
In both Rear Window and Ali: Fear Eats the Soul give a contrasting view of gender roles in relationships to the social norm and give different forms of women in society. With the readings of Hillary Neroni’s The Feminist Theory Julio Garcia Espinosa’s For an Imperfect Cinema and Sergei Eisenstein's Film Form: Essays in Film Theory, I’ll be examining the gender roles within the films of Rear Window and Ali: Fear Eats the Soul.
Section A: Analyse the treatment of bonds between men and bonds between women in Thelma and Louise The film Thelma and Louise, directed by Ridley Scott and released in 1991 (Dir. Ridley Scott, 1991), is a movie that challenges gender expectations. It features two belligerent female protagonists, Thelma and Louise, who move away from the stereotypical ideas of a woman. Thelma is married to an over controlling and unappreciative husband who cares not for her, while Louise has relationship troubles with her boyfriend Jimmy who is always away.
“I’m a free spirit who never had the balls to be free,” says Cheyl Strayed from the film Wild. Both the films, Wild and Thelma & Louise present women pushing themselves and going out of their norm to find themselves. Cheryl from the Wild challenges herself by hiking a 1,100 mile trail from the border of Mexico all the way up to the border of Canada. Thelma and Louise from the film Thelma & Louise are on the run after shooting a man who tried to assault and rape one of them. Thelma and Louise decided to live and enjoy every moment they can with each other while they can. Both films are strong feminist films who break the societal boundaries and stereotypical roles of women.
In this paper, I will write about “Thelma and Louise” (1991) movie. I choose a last scene of the movie which the police came to arrest them in the Grand Canyon (from 122 to 125 minutes).
Filmmakers use traditional gender stereotypes to produce characters audiences can easily identify with by portraying conventional images of a person with identifiable characteristics. In previous years, the dominant representation of a women in film has been the passive, subjugated protagonist. However, through the development of female empowerment and added feminist representations of film, the female heroine transformed to become strong and independent women in her own right, as an individual character.