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Exploring stereotypes through the film Crash 2005
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Coursework Social Historical context Part 1.
Stereotypes often reflect and are formed from dominant hegemonic values of that specific time. In victor Fleming's Gone with the Wind (1939) characters such as 'mammy' clearly reflected the dominant ideological beliefs of that era. With the acceptance of slave labor shaping these beliefs she was representative of the expected and accepted historic black stereotypes of funny fat woman, comic servants, and natural entertainers.
In the 1960's revolutionaries such as Martin Luther King played a key roles in challenging peoples perceptions of women and men of all equalities. Along with the civil rights movement these derogatory and dominant stereotypes gradually began to change.
During the late 50's to the late 60's Sidney Poitier was the only black leading man working consistently in Hollywood feature films.
The civil rights movement had shaped the contours of Poitier's career. Non violent demonstrations for black equality had forged a culture in which his image resonated, and his movies had prompted racial goodwill.
He made his feature-length movie debut as Dr. Luther Brooks, a black doctor who treats a bigoted white criminal, in No Way Out (Joseph L. Mankiewicz. ) (1950).
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