The film Crash, directed by Paul Haggis, literally and figuratively tells a story of a crash between ethnic groups, socio- Aoki 2 economic classes, and even occupations in the city of Los Angeles. Throughout this ultimately counter-hegemonic film, many dominant ideologies about race, ethnicity, and class are both reinforced and deconstructed.
Haggis successfully presents a counter-narrative to dominant ideologies with his use of the films title, editing, symbolism, and characters. These rhetorical choices with the literary design and technical design make it possible for the film to address racism and prejudices in a brutally honest way. This film not only forces the viewers to confront ones uncomfortable thoughts and feelings, but also challenges and ultimately overthrows the dominant ideologies of racial stereotyping that are present in our society.
According to Merriam Webster Dictionary, the word crash means an an accidental or intentional occurrence or a violent collision 1. This metaphor of the word crash is constantly seen throughout the film.
At first, viewers begin to think that these racial collisions had only occurred by accident. However, this conscious choice made by Haggis, helps audience members begin to understand the corrupt influences stereotypes have in our society.
As a result of these crashes, many stereotypes are deconstructed, and so are the ideologies that one has. In addition, since the film is titled Crash viewers already make an assumption that something violent will take place.
Indeed, the viewers are correct. Even film critique of the New Yorker, Scott Denby, said Haggis is pushing the word crash beyond Aoki 3 literal: he means any kind of rough contact between folks from different ethnic groups Andrews 3. Because of these beyond literal car crashes, audience members not only gasp at the stereotypes made. But also, begin to analyze not only their own lives, but also the degrading stereotypes that are present in our society.
For example, in the opening scene of the movie the metaphor of the word crash is illustrated when a literal car crash has just occurred. Following this collision, a confrontation between the drivers of the two cars develops. An argument between an Asian woman and a Hispanic woman arises; in which many racial slurs and ethnicallydemeaning judgments are made based upon typical stereotypes. The racial comments made in the fight may be humorous to the viewers since no one was physically hurt.
However, since audience members might laugh at this scene, proves that dominant ideologies regarding race and ethnicity are present in our society. Because of this opening scene, Haggis is able to simultaneously reinforce the ideology of ethnocentrism, while establishing the theme that everyone is racist and prejudiced. Another way that Haggis is able to reinforce this metaphorical meaning of a racist crash, is by the use of editing.
The editor of the film Crash, Hughes Winborne, had a challenge to intertwine the lives ofunrelated character[s] from ethnic, cultural and social backgrounds over a thirty-six hour period Peters 2. Furthermore, because the United States is not populated by just one ethnic group, Winborne had to capture all of these emotions from multiple ethnic perspectives Peters 2.
Winborne even said, editing was tricky we had around half-a-million feet of film 2. However, regardless of the challenges he faced, Winborne was able to successfully create a fast cutting film between scenes. The reason for that is because the storyline puts the characters in the kind of situations where they have to decide whether they dare to trust their intuition, in spite of some stereotypes and fears they consciously or unconsciously have, and risk their lives believing in the innate goodness of people.
For example, I was particularly struck by the story of a young police officer, played by Ryan Phillippe, who first comes across as a positive character, disgusted by the racist beliefs of his older companion. On his way home from work, the officer picks up a hitchhiker, and they start a friendly conversation, albeit with a hint of tension.
However, the officer is far from being free of prejudice himself and when put into a particularly stressful situation and suspecting the African-American teenager to be a gang member and a threat to his life, this officer, unwilling to bear the risk, shoots the young man only because the latter could have presented a danger to him.
The young man, in fact, was harmless in that situation and did not present any threat to the officer whatsoever. The bitter irony of the whole situation is that later, ashamed by his own cowardly and indecent act, the officer does an even more terrible deed—he dumps the body of the poor teen into a roadside ditch and drives away.
It represented black, Hispanic, and Middle Eastern ethnicities and the stereotypes associated with each. Ryan is a middle-aged police officer in Las Angeles, California who has been with the force for 17 years. He appears to be extremely racist in his multiple encounters with African Americans.
The movie Crash was a very fascinating movie. But in actuality, that person can be your future boss or even coworker, or the murderer of a loved family member. It is a very intriguing movie it is about racial stereotypes that people believe in, and how they let them influence the way they see people The creators of the movie made sure to incorporate all races when producing this film.
To some people, the plot of this movie is too heavy, but the movie touched bases on many different aspects that individuals deal with on a day-to-day basis. The movie depicts that everyone has demons regardless of race, job title, or age. The movie starts with a car collision and then goes into a flashback mode, displaying events that lead up to the initial crash Haggis knew that writing Crash would be a particularly large risk for him because of its strong racial content and violence, but he fought for its right to be a film and a conversation starter.
The movie brought up many issues that elicited emotions and reactions, often quickly. But in actuality, that person can be your future boss or even coworker, or the murderer of a loved family member. On his way home from work, the officer picks up a hitchhiker, and they start a friendly conversation, albeit with a hint of tension. By this act, Haggis not only proves that not everyone lives up to certain stereotypes present in our society, but also that good-hearted people are capable of evil actions. They somehow manage to categorize some of life's most complex matters into nice distinct sections.
We see the ups and downs of each character and it helps us see where they are coming from, and potentially why they are racist against different people. These stars craftily carried the movie with their brilliant performances and theatrical prowess as they effortlessly maneuvered through every scene with ease. Dillons disgusting actions in this scene not only reinforce the ideology that all white male cops are slimy pricks; but also it reinforces another truth that minorities in Western society are powerless, especially against repressive state authorities like the police. Haggis successfully presents a counter-narrative to dominant ideologies with his use of the films title, editing, symbolism, and characters. It's a strong story, and quite a controversial one First, a few subjective shots are seen from the perspective of one carjacker and then are mixed into multiple objective shots that are from the perspective of the L.
One character in particular, Cameron, a prestigious color vision director, displays the friction between two cultures. The movie is a group of stories of different people that all connect through each other and all relate in some way. His compositions have a rich and distinctive sound; it can be said that in his brief lifetime only 35 years that he wrote a masterpiece in every genre of classical music without much apparent effort.
This happens every day and will continue to happen so long as these different and mixed ethnicities continue to be diverse.
This learner was yet young during this era; however, my ancestors endured much agony and pain for no particular reason. Criminal justice use discretion on a daily basis because if not then many individuals would be in jail and there would be overcrowded in the justice system. While others have found a distinct connection to the relationship between the New York City Police department and the minority community in relation to the film, I agree with this perspective Because of this opening scene, Haggis is able to simultaneously reinforce the ideology of ethnocentrism, while establishing the theme that everyone is racist and prejudiced. This literary device suggests to viewers that this dominant ideology of Whiteness may not be true after all. This style of storytelling made it very challenging to catch myself before I judged a person or topic
There are a variety of races in this movie, Hispanics, Blacks, Whites, Asians and a particular Persian family Another way that Haggis is able to reinforce this metaphorical meaning of a racist crash, is by the use of editing. While others have found a distinct connection to the relationship between the New York City Police department and the minority community in relation to the film, I agree with this perspective
However, these grouping methods can be very inaccurate, leaving erroneous ideas in the minds of citizens on a global level. Like all films based on actual events, the story has been altered to be made more appealing to viewers. Stereotyping is a major issue that is still happening in today 's society and seems to only be getting worse.
There is Jean who is prejudice against black people after getting robbed. Racism in the Movie, Crash - All through time, the world has been racist and intolerant of people different from themselves.
In the movie, Crash, directed by Paul Haggis, it is a film that exemplifies how people live their daily life either in the suburbs or the city.