Thursday, April 26, 2007

New segment: That movie's got class!

So we all know that Hollywood is a tremendous money-maker, and one of the most well-known emblems of American culture. But Hollywood (and the rest of America's film industry) has a relationship to society that reflects and influences society all the time. In fact, movies and the rest of us have always had an ongoing conversation about American values and politics.

But today, how much do we think about that conversation? How much do we participate in it explicitly? There are plenty who talk about how terrible it is there is so much sex and violence on the screen. Conversations usually don't go much farther than that.

Introducing, "That movie's got class". In this irregular segment, I want to talk about particular movies, and things they reveal, suggest and advocate for American society. Of course, its a movie, and there could never be a definitive statement about what is or isn't in a film. But its worth thinking about, and its worth thinking about how our own lenses shape what we see in films, and how films shape the lenses through which we see the rest of the world. For example, I'm particularly interested in how films deal with the struggles between poor, marginalized groups and powerful, dominant ones. That's where the name of the segment comes from.

Please feel free to suggest movies to talk about. If you want to write your own analyses, thats great too. Just send your link to me.

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