Screen Saviors

Screen Saviors
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Hollywood Fictions of Whiteness
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Artikel-Nr:
9781461642862
Veröffentl:
2003
Seiten:
272
Autor:
Hernán Vera
eBook Typ:
EPUB
Kopierschutz:
Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Screen Saviors studies how the self of whites is imagined in Hollywood movies—by white directors featuring white protagonists interacting with people of another color. This collaboration by a sociologist and a film critic, using the new perspective of critical "white studies," offers a bold and sweeping critique of almost a century's worth of American film, fromBirth of Nation (1915) throughBlack Hawk Down (2001).Screen Saviors studies the way in which the social relations that we call "race" are fictionalized and pictured in the movies . It argues that films are part of broader projects that lead us to ignore or deny the nature of the racial divide in which Americans live. Even as the images of racial and ethnic minorities change across the twentieth century, Hollywood keeps portraying the ideal white American self as good-looking, powerful, brave, cordial, kind, firm, and generous: a natural-born leader worthy of the loyalty of those of another color.
Screen Saviors studies how the self of whites is imagined in Hollywood movies—by white directors featuring white protagonists interacting with people of another color.

This collaboration by a sociologist and a film critic, using the new perspective of critical "white studies," offers a bold and sweeping critique of almost a century's worth of American film, fromBirth of Nation (1915) throughBlack Hawk Down (2001).Screen Saviors studies the way in which the social relations that we call "race" are fictionalized and pictured in the movies. It argues that films are part of broader projects that lead us to ignore or deny the nature of the racial divide in which Americans live. Even as the images of racial and ethnic minorities change across the twentieth century, Hollywood keeps portraying the ideal white American self as good-looking, powerful, brave, cordial, kind, firm, and generous: a natural-born leader worthy of the loyalty of those of another color.

The book invites readers to conduct their own analyses of films by showing how this can be done in over 50 Hollywood movies. Among these are some films about the Civil War—Birth of a NationGone with the Wind, andGlory; some about white messiahs who rescue people of another color—StargateTo Kill a MockingbirdMississippi BurningThree Kings, andThe Matrix; the three versions ofMutiny on the Bounty (1935, 1962, and 1984) and interracial romance—Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. Forty years of Hollywood fantasies of interracial harmony, fromThe Defiant Ones andIn the Heat of the Night through theLethal Weapon series andMen in Black are examined.

This work in the sociology of knowledge and cultural studies relates the movies of Hollywood to the large political agendas on race relation in the United States.Screen Saviors appeals to the general reader interested in the movies or in race and ethnicity as well as to students of com
Chapter 1 Foreword: A Nation of Sheep
Chapter 2 Learning to Be White through the Movies
Chapter 3 The Divided White Self
Chapter 4 The Beautiful White American: Sincere Fictions of the Savior
Chapter 5Amistad: Civilization and Its Contentments
Chapter 6Mutiny on the Bounty: Civilization and Its Discontents
Chapter 7 Racism as a Project:Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Chapter 8 Scarlett and Mammy Revisited: White Women and Black Women in Hollywood Films
Chapter 9 White Out: Racial Masquerade by Whites in American Film I
Chapter 10 White Out: Racial Masquerade by Whites in American Film II
Chapter 11 Black and White Buddies I
Chapter 12 Black and White Buddies II
Chapter 13 Conclusion: The Crisis of Whiteness

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