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Gabriel FontanaHollywood ImperialismThe idea of Euro-American refers to the widespread domination of foreign territories bythe Americas. It is a very old idea, dating back to our original concept of “manifest destiny,” theidea that it was our right to spread throughout the North-American concept and make it our own.In many ways America as we know it was founded on the principle of imperialism. So it thenstands to reason than that our films reflect this same ideology. In fact, according to Ella Shohat’sand Robert Stam’s “Imperial Imagery,” the two have a direct link. They argue that the film boomof the early twentieth century coincides with several acquisitions of territory by the U.S. Thevery narrative structure of film forms a template that can shape our national identity. In a waymany films encourage homogenization, to view America as superior over others. In this essay, Iwill examine specific ideas in Shohat’s and Stam’s article, and then apply them to a few scenesof a film (Raiders of the Lost Ark) to see if they can be spotted.Let’s look over the specific ideas in their article. The first is the idea of a masculine“space of empire.” This refers to cinema’s usage of survivalist male protagonists to encourage amale audience (usually of young boys) to put the world on their shoulders, to believe they had tosolve everyone’s problems. These films usually did not star undomesticated female characters,

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Term
Fall
Professor
CarterSoles
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Spider, Indiana Jones, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Lego Indiana Jones, Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings

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