On Fri, 23 Aug 2013, Rohan McLeod <rhn(a)jeack.com.au> wrote:
Russell Coker wrote:
> though no comment on :
> > "Also the anti-sexist context; seems to miss the more general problem of
> > the cliched nature of story-telling;(so evident in Hollywood's view of
> > the world). That is how to tell a story in a way which will be appealing
> > to an audience, whose real interests are very narrow ? "
Firstly you need to learn to quote correctly. When you reply you have each
line of quoted text prefixed with "> ". So when you quote someone who's
quoting someone it will start with "> > ". I've corrected the above
I think that
in many cases movie producers could add some diversity
without most viewers noticing the difference. Such issues are most
noticed by people who aren't affected by them, men tend not to notice
sexism, white people tend not to notice racism, straight people tend not
to notice homophobia, etc.
.....and wealthy people probably don't notice issues which are of
concern to poorer people;
Wealth is a different issue. For example the "Fast and the Furious" movies
feature many very expensive cars that the vast majority of the population will
never be able to afford to drive. Obviously the majority of people who watch
such movies expect that the characters will be more wealthy than they are.
But they could have had more than two significant female characters in a F&TF
movie without compromising the plot.
somehow the absence of particular ideological
standpoints would seem a
component in the cliched conformity which is commercial cinema.
Not that I blame directors, who need to borrow millions from investors;
who expect a high chance of a good return on their investment;
I suppose the miracle is that every so often a new subject matter and /or
a new way of telling a story does become successful box-office !
I really doubt that investors micro-manage film production to the degree that
could cause the Bechdel test to be failed. Salt was re-written to star
Angelina Jolie instead of Tom Cruise. When a change that significant can be
made to a movie after casting has been done it seems obvious that changing the
roles of some secondary characters wouldn't be difficult.
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