I feel that bell hooks' approach to analysing film is one that we could all benefit from. Instead of only judging movies on one aspect, bell hooks combines all those analytics into a multifaceted tool which enables us to see deeper into the film than we may once have. When we watch a film, we usually focus on the problem or part of the film that seems most relevant to our particular lives. If I was a white, straight, cisgendered male, and was watching a film such as Boys Don't Cry, I feel that I would view it in an entirely different light than I would as a queer individual. I may overlook a number of the finities and not be able to connect with the film as well as I could if I had put myself in someone else's shoes. Bell hooks teaches us to do this, and to remove ourselves from our own minds, and view the film from many different standpoints, as well as trying to fit ourselves into the character's shoes. Bell Hooks teaches us to watch these films from different standpoints, as well as even changing the language we use to express such ideas as we may encounter while viewing them. For instance; instead of using the term racism, bell hooks encourages the term 'white supremacy'. This brings an even more direct light to where the problem lies. Instead of using broad umbrella terms to describe a problem, hooks forces us to take a jab at where the problem in race truly lies. We're forced to deal with an actual problem, not a generalisation that we can easily blow off and exempt ourselves from. We need to be aware of every aspect of the film, and be aware of how all individuals are being portrayed. Oft times directors/producers attempt to draw our attentions away by using certain effects or musical scores, etc. We have to take a closer look at the film, and really be able to define what the true issues are, and how each population is being represented, taking in account our own experiences, as well as putting ourselves in the situations of others.
Cultural Criticism and Transformation
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