America on Film: Representing Race, Class, Gender, and by Harry M. Benshoff, Sean Griffin

By Harry M. Benshoff, Sean Griffin

America on movie: Representing Race, classification, Gender, and Sexuality within the video clips, 2d Edition is a full of life creation to problems with range as represented in the American cinema.

• presents a entire evaluation of the commercial, socio-cultural, and aesthetic components that give a contribution to cinematic representations of race, classification, gender, and sexuality
• comprises over a hundred illustrations, word list of keywords, questions for dialogue, and lists for additional reading/viewing
• comprises new case stories of a few movies, together with Crash, Brokeback Mountain, and Quinceañera

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However, not every reader is going to take (or make) identical meanings from the same text. Depending upon their own cultural positioning, different people may decode texts in different ways – sometimes minutely different, sometimes greatly so. Readings that decode a text in accordance with how it was encoded are said to be dominant readings . On the other side of the spectrum are oppositional readings , which actively question the ideological assumptions encoded in a text. Most readings lie somewhere in between these two extremes.

French for “author,” the auteur concept understands film or films as the imaginative work of a single specific artist, usually the director. ) as well as common themes. ” The auteur theory argues that it is important to know who made a film, because aspects of a filmmaker's personality and social position will affect the meanings encoded within it. Historically, straight white men in Hollywood made most American films; it has only been in recent decades that women, people of color, and/or homosexuals have had greater opportunities to make films.

Such struggles can be both obvious and subtle. One obvious way of disseminating and maintaining social control is through oppressive and violent means, through institutions such as 49 armies, wars, police forces, terrorism, and torture – institutions known as repressive state apparatuses (RSAs) . Violent, repressive discrimination is part of American history, as evidenced by terrorist groups such as the Ku Klux Klan, political assassinations, police brutality, and the continued presence of hate crimes.

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