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Lecture 9

ENGB70H3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 9: Binary Opposition, Mario Van Peebles, Oscar Micheaux


Department
English
Course Code
ENGB70H3
Professor
Sara Saljoughi
Lecture
9

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November 11, 2016
Race films (1920s-1940s)
Oscar Micheaux- major African American film director
Social problem films (1960s)
Guess whos coming to dinner and in the heat of the night
Sidney Poitier- first af American actor to win Oscar
Known for talking roles not fitting af american stereotype
Blaxploitation (1970-1976)
Shaft, superfly,
Made by af American actors, directors, and writers
Backlash- aesthetics;
Los Angeles school of black filmmakers (late 1970s)
Docu-fiction retellings
Charles Burnett- influence by neorealism
Using history of af American music to signify and make it richer
Black New Wave (late 1980s-1990s)
Jon Singleton- Boyz in da hood
Mario Van Peebles
Spike Lee
o First feature film- she’s got to have it
o Do the right thing movie would invoke prejudice
o Potential to incite racial violence
Brecht
o Urging to understand power, conversation through art
Alienation effect-
o distanciation (distancing) distancing viewer the emotion identification to show social
injustice. Distance required to understand points of view
o To heighten social views
o Vivid stylization
o Fragmentation
o Ideological positions are stated overtly
o Multiple competing perspectives
Complex/ambiguous characterizations
Multiple lines of conflicts (rather binary opposition)
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