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HUI 338.09 Rocky - Rocky race and workingclass films of the...

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Rocky, race, and working- class films of the 1970s HUI 338, Spring 2009 Prof. Reich
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Working-class films of the 1970s reaction to cultural revolution of the 1960's, feminism, black empowerment ultimate message: nostalgia for traditional values, reflecting right-ward swing of pre- Reagan era (late seventies) two sides: 1. positive: reflects new attitudes on working-class life 2. negative: sexism, cynicism toward working- class life and institutions
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unique feature: working-class America as white ethnic contradicts real, historical situation why? associated with traditional values (family, patriarchy, repression of women, nostalgia, religion, morality) in the face of changing society portrayal of women also contradicts historical reality designed to fit Hollywood stereotypes
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Working class films and Italian Americans "Italian Americanness” understood by popular culture as a throwback to simpler, more primitive way of life The Godfather without the Mafia Privileges and rewards physical strength,
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