• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Media - the representation of black men representation in film.

Extracts from this document...


How have political, social, economic factors influenced the representations of black men during and since the WWII? Abu Nakudu 12s Political, social and economic factors have all had an impact on the representations of black men evident in the films targeted at the contemporary audience in the 1950s era. The negative representations of black men where mainly influenced by World War I as it galvanized the black community in their effort to make America truly democratic by ensuring full citizenship for all its people. The main event that influenced the negative representations of black men way before the world war was slavery. ...read more.


The media industry adopted the code in 1930, they began effectively enforcing it in 1934, and it was abandoned in 1968 after the success of the civil rights movement held by several protests and riots. The hays code restricted miscegenation (integration of black and white). This meant that in most films produced, the black casts can not be giving one of the main roles as the hero or the prize so they were giving one of the weak roles as the uncle tom character. The uncle tom character was not a negative nor a positive representation. Economically, black people have suffered before the civil rights movement. ...read more.


During the early 1960s civil rights movement where having an influence on representation of black men. The production code (hays code) began to weaken and interracial relationships began to be addressed in hollywood movies. Sidney poiter was recognised as the most inspirational and the most succesfull black actor to date. In most of the films he has been in, he received generally a positive representation. He was potrayed as a young educated and articulate black man. His role in 'lilies of the field 1963 earned him an oscar for best lead performance. He became the first black man to win an oscar. Most of the characters he played were marked different from past stereotypes, making it a success and a march of progress towards the black community in the United states. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Films section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Films essays

  1. How effective is the film In the Valley of Elah in presenting a viewpoint ...

    Hank's character shows himself as very obsessive and in need of keeping absolute control around him, which is associated to his patriotism. That in the film, was remarkably symbolized in a scene where Hank interrupted his journey as he noticed a US flag being dragged on the floor by a

  2. Gladiator Media Assignment

    It gives the audience a brief storyline to work on. In this case words, as less as possible, have been used to 'tell the story.' These words have not been elaborately decorated but, like the poster, they are kept simple and easy to read (even the same font is used.)

  1. Looking at two films studies, compare and contrast their representation of the future (Planet ...

    Another member of Morpheus' crew is Switch (Belinda McClory), the only other female aboard his ship. Switch could easily have been put there just to make up the numbers, but the Wachowski's tried to develop the character as much as possible even with her comparatively small significance.

  2. Billy Budd's lessons in Farewell to the Rights of Man!

    In 1967 the United States was in a cold was with Russia and many troops were being deployed through out the world to protect countries. Many men were being court marshaled and many people were being investigated for conspiracy, since it was a largely unpopular war to be in.

  1. The Passion of Blasphemy: A study of the representation of Christian figure head Jesus ...

    what others have told them is right to believe and their own personal experiences, this leads to most people who share the same belief's never actually sharing exactly the same beliefs as to do so would mean they would have lived completely identical lives.

  2. Thelma and Louise Representation

    'I feel that the roles generally available to women in Hollywood films are incredibly stereotypical: the girlfriend, the wife, the moll, the prostitute, the rape victim, the woman dying of cancer' Carrie Kouri said 'I was fed up with the passive role of women.

  1. Interview With Perry Wang at Media Revolution

    One noteable site is the one developed for Jackson's remake of King Kong (www.kongisking.com). This site is pretty cool. It employs creative, regular, and timely updates delivered with the latest applicable technologies. Video diaries are plentiful, well-produced and are available as BitTorrent streams.

  2. Analysis of the Representation of Ethnic Minorities in "Training Day" and "Se7en"

    A number of black men don?t have appropriate role models to look up to, speak to, and/or imitate. Within a few minutes of being in Alonzo?s house, his son is found sleeping next to Jake. This could suggest superiority of the white race where white people have the ability to

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work