COMM 452 - Odds Against Tomorrow

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Jake Unger 4/8/10 COMM 452 Odds Against Tomorrow It has become quite apparent through our viewings of film noirs, non-white individuals play little to no important roles in all the films we have seen until Odd Against Tomorrow . As Eric Lott proclaims “film noir is replete with characters of color who populate and signify the shadows of white American life in the 1940s (p. 555). Minorities are typically shown in establishments of vice and corruption such as bars and nightclubs as they represent the established order of a white-male dominated society. While white people figuratively become black in film noirs we have scene, minorities for the most part are always associated with such negative connotations. I find it interesting to note that both minorities and the femme fatale seem to be one in the same vein in film noirs in the sense that both are depicted as sinister when they step out place
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Unformatted text preview: according to the white patriarchy. However, it is interesting that none of the films we have seen depict a non-white male or female opposing the traditional patriarchy, while the majority of the films we have seen illustrate the workings of a white woman who disrupts the traditional patriarchy. Odds Against Tomorrow , which seems to be a breakthrough noir in the aspect of race-relations, depicts Johnny Ingram, a black central character, as a good guy. Although he is committing a crime, it is the racist Earl Slater the audience roots against, not the black man. I would have found it very interesting if there was such a film where a non-white, most likely a man, disrupted the traditional white patriarchy as so many femme fatales have done in almost every film noir we have seen....
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