5Q9—Representations of Race in 1980s Action Films
This week we're reading "Always a Partner in Crime: Black Masculinity in the Hollywood Detective Film" and "￼Sex, Lies and Marketing: Miramax and the Development of the Quality Indie Blockbuster."
- According to Phillipa Gates, why is the detective film a popular (or the only?) mainstream film genre in which to showcase black masculinity?
- Where are the women in 1980s bi-racial buddy-cop films? And why did Hollywood begin to pair black cops and white cops in the 1980s?
- Does Lethal Weapon conform to Gates's arguments in her section on "class and isolating black heroes"? Explain.
- Alissa Perren argues that sex, lies, and videotape (1989) marks a turning point in American independent cinema: it "ushered in the era of the indie blockbusters.'" How did it do this?
- Which film/week in Hollywood in the 1980s was your favorite, and why?