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55 Cards in this Set

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regarding one’s ethnic group as better than another.
believing that one’s national grouping is superior to all others.
defining one culture group against another by describing undesirable traits to a specific group but that are shared by everyone
handsome, exotic male, “sexually alluring”-Ricky Martin
Latin lover
blending into the ideals assumptions of white patriarchal capitalist culture
making only minimal effort to be truly multicultural; in film, the creation of a minority role to deflate a potential charge of racism, sexism, homophobia, etc. (putting non-white characters to deflate any charge of racism)
- popular theatrical tradition of the 1800’s that featured white performers (originally Irish Americans) darkening their faces with makeup in order to perform comedic stereotypes of African Americans; misguided perceptions
-someone who believes in toppling all forms of social control and/or government. (Italians)
-lazy, foolish, jive-talking, do anything but work
house slave, faithfully served his white master
Uncle Tom
-(Billy Madison) Uncle Tom’s counterpart, overweight, took care of white children
after slavery, stereotype of an African American woman of mixed race heritage who usually finds only death or disgrace.
Tragic Mulatto
brutal animalistic African American man threatening white embellishment b/c of his sexual prowess (this and tragic mulatto- miscegenation-“mixed”)
Black Buck
-tackles issue of racism or homophobia, draws in white audience by filming situations from a white perspective, (waned in ‘50s because of Red Scare, Brown vs. Board, Dorothy Dandridge-one of first black women to win an Oscar)
Bronx Tale, Save the Last Dance, Something New, Losing Isiah
Social Problem Films
hollywood films about urban black protagonists, ended in the 70s, provided new opportunities for black artists, exploitation films-cheaply made to draw audiences by promising large amounts of sex and violence
Blackula, Shaft, Superfly, The Mack
Blaxploitation Filmmaking
Woman’s film
centers on a woman’s suffering as she searches for love, promotes patriarchal ideologies, romance, courtship, issues, typically written by males
Love & Basketball
process of understanding the world and all of its cultures and ideas from a conquering white European perspective, looked at cultures as “not British”
non fiction, type of documentary that records a culture or way of life. (occurred during the rise of Westerns, the birth of cinema; “close of the American Frontier”)
Ethnographic films
film with some western imagery or ideas but made before the category “film western” was established. Most genres pass through this stage before they become recognized as a genre by both filmmakers and audiences. (motifs, actualities, did convey iconologies; “wild, wild west”)
Experimental Westerns
genre (or subgenre of the western) in early film that focuses on native Americans lives without the western’s usual violent conflict between Indians and settlers. (Native Americans viewed as people, not barbaric heathens, different from classical west b/c they don’t oppose white heroes to blood thirsty savages)
James Young Deer- a Native American film creator of relations between N.A. and whites, more complex than classical westerns
Indian Story
western’s associated with Hollywood’s classical era; westerns thought to be the best exemplars of the form. (John Wayne, thought to be the best examples of the west white settlers)
Classical Hollywood Westerns
big-budget Hollywood film that refashions storylines and genre formulas from previous eras for contemporary audiences (attempting to update westerns formulas for a more politically sensitive era; Dances w/ Wolves)
Nostalgic Hollywood blockbuster
self-censoring set of rules and regulations that Hollywood adopted in 1930 and imposed on itself from 1934 until it was replaced by the ratings system in the late 1960s. (1934, forbid miscegenation, black images in film grew smaller) reinstated middle class morality and more optimistic stories – ROOSEVELT; entrapment-stories ended in paranoia or death
Production Code
2 most pervasive images of Asians in classical Hollywood cinema: Charlie Chan (hero/detective) & Dr. Fu Manchu (villain/criminal)
Asian Americans in Classic Hollywood
war films (dramatized international conflict,) miscegenation melodramas, Kung Fu exploitations; interracial relationships started to evolve
Asian Americans WWII and After
derogatory stereotype of latinos, and especially mexican Americans, as slovenly, violent bandits.
federal propaganda programs, enacted during WWII, designed to promote good will between North, Central, and South America. “Governmental Propaganda”
Good Neighbor Policy
economic system that promotes competition between businesses without governmental regulations. Under this ideology, success and worth are measured by one’s material wealth. It is the dominant economic system of the United States.
motion pictures are a part of the capitalism dynamic, Industrial Revolution/American Dream
Class in Classic Hollywood
idea that anyone in America can rise to economic success through hard work and the aid of friendly benefactors. So named after the pulp novels written by Horatio Alger that repeatedly asserted such terms; Thomas Edison’s Kinetoscope
Horatio Alger Myth
practice of exaggerating or fabricating news in order to drum up fear and sell more newspapers (or get people to watch more TV).
Muckraking journalism
rural ideology of the late nineteenth century that became a major force in discontent and criticism of the modern society (Corner in Wheat 1909)
(international association of theatrical stage employees) industry-wide union for individuals working behind the camera who wanted better wages
originally founded as a trade guild for film artists, they are best known today for awarding Academy Awards (Oscars) They would pay money for people to join “in house” unions preventing outside parties to take control
AMPAS--(academy of motion picture arts and sciences)
genre or style characteristic of 1940s postwar films, in which obsessed and greedy individuals double-cross one another amidst shadowy sets and distorted camera angles
Film Noir
paranoia about communism common in 1950’s America, accusing labor organizers and leftists, and social thinkers of being “un-American”
Red Scare
congressional committee that investigated communism in the United States in the 1940’s and 1950’s.
HUAC (House Un-American Activities Committee)
group of directors and screen writers in the late 1940’s who refused to answer questions before HUAC, accused of being communists, and were sentenced to jail.
Hollywood 10
list of suspected communists who were not to be employed by Hollywood studios during the red scare.
movement of the 1950s writers and filmmakers who critiqued American consumerism and suburban conformity and life in general
Beat movement
loose coalition of 1960s group who all opposed the dominant culture; hippies, civil rights workers, women, people of color, young people, etc.
type of independent and artisan film practice that uses cinema to create a mood, tone, or concept rather than tell a story.
Avant-garde films
movement of American avant-garde filmmaking of the 1960s that often explored sexual subcultures and made fun of conventional Hollywood’s subject matter and styles
Underground films
bankruptcy; impact from the Depression; gangster films,
Class on television
Dominant Reading, we viewed the movie as it was intended
The Lion King
w/ Sydney P., Blaxploitation film,
Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner-original Guess Who
white boy raised by Native Americans, ethnographic-portrays N.A. as more peaceful
Little Big Man- 70s western
John Ford directed John Wayne, western genre 1939, white heroes defeated Indians who were “savages”
1990, Kevin Costner, one of the most significant representations of N.A., revisionist Western that won numerous Oscars, social problem film, ethnographic, Nostalgic Hollywood Blockbuster
Dances With Wolves
Similarities in the 3 western movies:
whites always had guns and had more high tech, advanced manifest destiny
popular, but had lots of controversy – lots of mocking
Big Trouble in Little China
’94, Margaret Cho
All American Girl
-(Goofy film) a real viewing of Latino culture
Saludos amigos
1909 D.W. Griffith silent film, explicit critiques of unchecked capitalism, how it effected farmers
A Corner in Wheat
Historical story, (the bread, candy and children)
The Grapes of Wrath