Oxford University Press Format Available: Film music is as old as cinema itself. Years before synchronized sound became the norm, projected moving images were shown to musical accompaniment, whether performed by a lone piano player or a hundred-piece orchestra. Today film music has become its own industry, indispensable to the marketability of movies around the world.
Constructed through pervasive stereotyping and on the periphery of a white ideal of female beauty, black women in cinema have been cast as the racial Other.
Some more recently recognisable identities include the bad single mother, the oversexed jezebel, the angry sapphire and the diva.
Film scholars and feminists alike have lamented this historical lineage of stereotyping and the negativity that seems to cling to representations of black women in U.
This essay argues that Jackie Brown draws attention to and amplifys the racial difference of African American protagonists, Jackie Brown.
While the Self, the Other and Otherness may seem familiar or universal concepts, it is important to acknowledge their abundance in twentieth century discourses such as psychoanalysis, philosophy, colonialism and post-colonialism. Although many theorists have given their definitions of these terms, I employ Sander L.
Two points arise here. First, by defining the Other, there is an implicit acknowledgement of the opposite i. Second, constructions of the Other operate, and arguably depend upon, strict, identifiable physical registers of difference. As the analysis below reveals, this paradox manifests as fantastical and desirable in Jackie Brown.
While racial allocation is perhaps less important in novelistic characterisation, film is inherently visual. Therefore, casting black actress Grier inevitably has a simple visual impact. However, ultimately this casting choice informs many stylistic qualities in the film. The opening sequence will be analysed here to demonstrate this.
Mike Nichols, through the similar use of a continuous medium profile shot, capturing Jackie, just like Benjamin, on an airport moving walkway. Jack Hill, and Coffy d. Barry Frears,further cements the Blaxploitation connection.
This song, like the one in The Graduate, provides a vehicle for expressing the thoughts and feelings of the central protagonist. A final note should be made about the duration of the opening shot. Stella Bruzzi comments in a review of the film: These colour contrasts draw attention to the very fact Jackie is black.
Awareness of Jackie as the racial Other is exacerbated by the reference to The Graduate.
Even so, it is striking Tarantino makes these connections continually throughout the film. The remaining analysis of Jackie Brown proceeds in two stages: Just after the credit sequence, Jackie is seen walking through the airport.
Fred Botting and Scott Wilson neatly summarise this scene as: Jackson visits Jackie the night she is released from jail. This scene is loaded with obvious racial signifiers which exploit this cultural verisimilitude.
The dialogue takes a central role as the lights are switched off for most of the scene and Jackie is heard shouting to Ordell in the darkness: Tarantino, A to Zed: The Films of Quentin Tarantino. Fear of the dark:Todd Library: All History.
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O and Perez Prado. It offers a behind-the-scenes examination of music from a Cuban point of view. Cuba and its music: from the first drums to the mambo / Ned Sublette. He shows how the Christopher Nolans and Quentin Tarantinos of today owe an immense debt to the.
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Apr 10, · Pulp Fiction, by director Quentin Tarantino, is a prime example of a film that utilizes a multiple narrative structure.
The film has three narrative stories that are signaled by inserted captions, and told in "episodes" that are shown non-chronologically.