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Freshman Seminar: Movies and Film in American Culture
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How does pop culture not only reflect but influence political culture? In this edition of Moyers & Company, historian and culture critic Neal Gabler joins Bill Moyers to discuss how representations of heroism in movies shape our expectations of a U.S. president, and how our real-world candidates are packaged into superficial, two-dimensional personas designed to appeal to both the electorate and the media.
his award-winning documentary explores portrayals of Asian men in American cinema, chronicling the experience of actors who have struggled against Hollywood's ethnic stereotyping and discriminatory practices. The Slanted Screen covers the practice of using Caucasian actors in yellowface makeup, drawing upon a wealth of materials, including 50 rare film clips spanning a century
A satirical look at American sexual habits through vintage 1950s film clips and revealing interviews with such artistic heroes as Abbie Hoffman, musician David Byrne, comedienne Sandra Bernhard, actors Josh Mostel and Spalding Gray and a dozen more. Also featured are screen legends Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Elvis Presley, and Tuesday Weld in their most memorable screen takes in such classic movies as "Rebel without a Cause" and "The Wild One."
Throughout its history Hollywood has portrayed Arabs as buffoons or bandits. The video seeks to rectify this stereotyping by comparing it to other forms of racist imagery and by suggesting alternative narratives that treat the Arabs as human, not demons.
In the years before World War I, virtually no issue was too controversial to bring to the screen. The first American movies were deeply engaged with society, coming from an era when movies and entertainment were intimately interwoven with public debate.
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