How gender race and class are portrayted

March 17, 2019

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Crash, one of the greatest dramatic movies directed by one of the greatest Hollywood movie director Paul Haggis. Had its first public viewing in Toronto Film Festival last September 2004, the full length of the movie Crash was released was officially released in 2005 internationally. (Answers Corporation)

Technically, the film tells the profound story of Los Angeles on social and racial issues. In a sense, the movie Crash by director Paul Huggis in 2004 was inspired with his true to life experience in the year 1991, on which his luxury car Porsche was car napped or was carjacked one day when he was inside of a video store in Wilshire Boulevard. (Answers Corporation)

Nonetheless, this self inspired movie story by director Paul Huggis has been into great success after it was released for public viewing. The movie had won three of the most prestigious Academy Awards – for Oscars’ Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing and Best Picture at the 78th Academy Awards in 2005. (Answers Corporation)

In a sense, the movie is a depiction of different standpoint about the issue of racial and social aspects in the state of Los Angeles. In the film, the director had used different class and races in the society to depict its inner message in the storyline.

Technically, the story of the movie runs into three major part, which deals into gender, race and class. The movie had used the higher class and the lower of the Los Angeles society between the white Native American and the Black African American to depict the stereotype race and class issue. (Answers Corporation)

Essentially, the movie Crash had depicted the black African American character to be in the minority class of the society, which the blacks are illustrated as the one’s who car nap or car jack the cars of upper class white society. In here it is clear that the black African American characters get their way of living through car stealing.

Also, in here it is clear enough to say that the Black African American characters in the movie are the depiction and was one of the primary ways of director Paul Huggis to represent the idea of classist, on which Chris “Ludacris” Bridges who played as “Anthony” in the movie that do not like the upper class of White Native American and believes that the society is unequal and unfair as it is biased against the class of Black African American.

 Nonetheless, this argument is empowered through the actions of the black African American character in the movie, on which they blatantly steal most of the cars of white American people.

Peter Waters, on the other hand, is the partner in crime of Chris “Ludacris” Bridges in stealing the cars of white Native American people. Like Ludacris, he is as well a Black African American guy, however, opposing to the belief of Anthony (Ludacris), Peter mocks the fear of Anthony (Ludacris) of racism. (Answers Corporation)

 In the movie, Peter was shot by a police officer after he was suspected to draw a gun and fight back, when the fact is he was just reaching out into his pocket to get his identification card and show it to the officer. Peter died and that incident is clear depiction of racism as the police officer assumes that peter is bad enough to fight back against him. In here, it is clear that the society and most of the people carry the unified negative perception against the Black American society. (Answers Corporation)

Rick Cabot, played by Brendan Fraser is a White American District Attorney in the Los Angeles court, which was one of the people who have been the victim of Anthony and Peter. In the story, the White District Attorney tries really hard to pretend that he is racially sensitive, as he is very well concern to his political career and he has this intention to protect or ensure the people that he both like the black and the white. With the car jack incident that he and his wife had experienced in the hands of Anthony and Peter, district attorney Rick Cabot can not deny the fact that he is upset and was really mad about his experience with black people. In here, it is fair to say that Rick Cabot as district attorney is a racist; though in the movie he was never depicted as one.

Jean Cabot played by Sandra Bullock, on the other hand, is Rick’s wife, whose racial discrimination had go sky-high after the carjacking incident, which she experience together with her husband in the hands of both black African American car stealers. In the movie, Jean Cabot is one of the depictions of female gender who experiences unequal treatment form her friends.

With her worries about herself, Jean Cabot seeks help from her friends – but not receives the equal treatment or attention that she deserve as she was ignored by most of them. In the latter part of the movie, Jean Cabot had located and found the help the she wanted to their Hispanic maid, as she realizes that it was their maid who is the kindest person and was the supportive person for her. (Answers Corporation)

Another racist example in the movie is officer John Ryan, played by Matt Dillon is a opinionated white police officer who molests Christine physically, a African American woman with a black heritage. Under the process of searching for a weapon, Officer John Ryan had intentionally take advantage of the situation and molested the black African American movie. With this it is clear to say that officer John Ryan is racist, which is more obvious when he acts prejudicially against the black African American doctor of his dad who happens to suffer for a suspected prostate cancer. Nonetheless, officer John Ryan had shown deep concern against his opposite race when he save Christine in a near death car accident. With this, incident it is fair enough that despite Officer John Ryan’s racist tendencies, he still strives to be a non-racist in a situation where a person’s life is at stake.

In the end, it is clear enough to say that the movie is a depiction of class, gender and race issues, which director Paul Huggis had made clearly visible in his profound representation of every character in the film. Nonetheless, the experience of Jean Cabot and the act of Officer John Ryan to Christine are firm statement on the disparity and disposition of women to men. From here, it is undoubtedly that the movie Crash is a socially relevant movie that sends a message that is worth listening.


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