Section C Exam January 09 Compare and contrast the messages and values conveyed by the narrative resolutions of your chosen films.
There is closure – and a resolution of conflict/s (Todorov) There is a return to the equilibrium (Todorov) A breaking of a fundamental film paradigm The patriarchal hegemony is disrupted but continues in blood lines Neville’s quest – to save ‘man’ – is resolved in assumed success, shown in reaction shots of those receiving the jar or vial of blood. Neville’s quest for companionship is resolved although this will spell his demise. (femme fatale) In IAL Neville misses his family so much. There is resolution also as according to dominant Christian beliefs he’s to be reunited with Marley and his Wife in the afterlife, in heaven Although the Hero dies what he is - is passed on - and continues running down through following generations, same for what he stands for, his beliefs even. In IAL don’t forget the back story is resolved in flash-back, the development and complication also is resolved in flash-back Not all narrative resolutions come at the end of the screen duration. Sub-plot, exposition etc Heston’s Neville – dies symbolically as a man crucified, like Jesus died for our sins so we can continue to live and prosper. The Family – although having some good points which Neville ignores, like a longing to return to simpler times without machinery, technology and science and a human greed (capitalism) as they saw this as the start of the end for mankind, they are seen as a Cult (ref Manson family?) and represented as ‘the Other’ a contrast to Neville’s purity, in race and religion symbols. In IAL we end on an Autumnal day and there is evidence in the trees of change, old turning to new. We enter the gated community- an aspirational habitat for many American today. Remember these keep people out, and keep ‘like-minded’(?) people in together. In IAL we see the white church at the centre of the community and this and it’s associated beliefs and values are preserved for future generations. The symbolic threat of communism rising has been potentially quelled in TOM, one assumes that those not willing to take the serum will be killed rather than allowed to live alongside the ‘norms’ In IAL he kills a lot of Dark Seekers with the grenade, like a war hero? Is there any pleasure in the knowledge he took some with him? The woman and child survive, Anna and Ethan then travel in an SUV – hockey mom car- is she already prepared for more kids?
Section C Exam January 09 What have you found interesting in the representation of gender in the films you have studied?
1971 Heston - A man’s man. WASP. Dominant Patriarchal Hegemony 2007 Smith – see films prior – a strong black male. Late 1960s Blaxploitation film – popular with black audience, made by white men – stereotypes developed 1971 gender stereotypes continue 2007 Patriarchal assumptions about traditional gender roles persist, Anna/Ethan Anna is Hispanic and a minority compared to black in America Will Smith’s Neville- is into his cultural background, he’s Afro Centric – see ref to Bob Marley Heston respects Julius Caesar - a white man who was given control of the city’s army when under threat but a man who refused to return it’s control to the senate, instead he colonised the world, he developed technology, and machinery and weaponry and brought civilisation to the world. Anna is maternal Lisa is sexual Both ladies are able to handle a gun a reflect equality in their abilities to survive in a hostile environment – neither are ‘weak’ and passive, but there are issues or representation and stereotyping, Not much time is given to develop Anna in IAL and none for Ethan The sports car – represents the American Dream and capitalism The Safari Jacket – reference to the Great White Hunter - Aftershave, and different adventure outfits for Neville in TOM – a macho-man, this is falling into type casting and a role audience would expect of Heston Smith has played other important roles, ‘Ali’ a bio-pic of another great AfricanAmerican – he’s done great work in raising the profile or positive Black characters and people – he will not be stereotyped an play the stereotypical gang thug/drug dealer/pimp etc
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Published on Mar 20, 2011
Published on Mar 20, 2011
Section C Exam January 09 Section C Exam January 09 The term Great White Hunter is a popular phrase that emphasizes the racial and colonial...