Did you know that Pocahontas probably never fell in love with John Smith, as film versions pretend? That the myth of the sexually eager Hula girls is based on misunderstandings by early explorers? Screening Difference is a fascinating voyage through recent movie blockbusters dealing with encounters between "us," based on white Hollywood, and "them," the representations of other races, ethnicities, and cultures. Looking at orientations in casting, make-up, sets, props, lighting, camera movements, music, and language, this lively book follows the best-known genres, from animated cartoons to romantic movies. Screening Difference tracks the stories to their origins and dissects their hidden messages.
Jaap van Ginneken is an independent author and lecturer on psychology, culture, and communication based in France. He has published seventeen books in thirty-two editions and five languages to date. He formerly taught in the area of entertainment studies and public opinion at the Department of Communication Science at the University of Amsterdam as an associate professor.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 1 The Loud and the Silent: Global Film in the Twenty-First Century Chapter 3 2 Children and Adults: Animated Cartoons Chapter 4 3 Civilized and Barbarians: Antiquity Movies Chapter 5 4 The Tamers and the Wild: Wilderness Adventure Chapter 6 5 The Prolific and the Idle: Westerns and Southerns Chapter 7 6 The Prude and the Lewd: Romantic and Erotic Encounters Chapter 8 7 Helpers and Helpless: Colonial Adventure Chapter 9 8 Friends and Foes: Spy, Action, and War Movies Chapter 10 9 Believers and Heathen: Religious Films Chapter 11 10 The Advanced and the Backward: Science Fiction and Space Adventure Chapter 12 11 Other People's Dreams Chapter 13 Glossary Chapter 14 References