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Analysis of Masculinity in The Italian Job Analysis of Masculinity in The Italian Job Jonathan Lee Communications 101 Section 007 The Italian Job is a Gary Gray directed remake of a group of thieves that aim to steal gold from a former friend that backstabbed them. Gary Grey found box office success through an entertaining story, action-filled scenes, quick-wit humor, and an array of male characters to relate with. The Italian Job represents masculinity by using many different levels of stereotypes, creating a hierarchy of characteristics that society judges, with self-confidence, intelligence, physical strength, and sexual appeal as the most desirable. The Italian Job fails to challenge the
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Analysis of Masculinity in The Italian Job falsehoods of what a man really is and falls back onto one-dimensional stereotypes that are more easily recognizable. Mark Wahlberg plays the protagonist, Charlie, as the epitome of a masculine person because he has all of the male qualities that the film portrays as important; the other minor characters represent foils for Charlie to emphasize different kinds of men that do not meet the ultimate standard. And even though this text for the most part endorses hegemonic masculinity, the belief that a cultural norm of how men behaves exists (Iftkhar, S., 2011) the film interestingly highlights Charlie’s ingenuity as what most sets him apart, a rejection towards the typical model for the ideal man. Lionel, or the “Napster”, is the least masculine character in the movie, depicted with an awkward personality and slender frame to match. He has none of the normative male behaviors such as being tough, ambitious, aggressive, and self-reliant (Iftkhar, S., 2011). Physical appearance is always what people use to first judge others and The Italian Job properly does that for the Napster. In Western culture, men that are more muscular and have a physical prowess would be considered to be more masculine. In contrast, Napster first appears on the screen in a boat on the lower half looking up to Charlie, causing him to seem even smaller. Once you see him standing up next to the other characters, one can clearly see that he is much leaner than the other men, and even the one female character in the movie, Stella. In one of the later scenes, Napster awkwardly drives in with a little yellow motorcycle, crashing into things left and right. Charlie and Stella watch in amusement as they neither them nor the audience have to say anything at all because it is so obvious how awkward he is; Napster is not a male hero in the least bit, but instead a form comic relief and contrast to the other hyper masculine characters (one who takes extreme measures and does extremely masculine things) (Iftkhar, S., March 24, 2011) such as Charlie and Handsome Rob. Again, in the final epic action sequence, all the other characters
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Analysis of Masculinity in The Italian Job are frantically driving around in their sleek cars while dodging bullets with dramatic music in the
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This note was uploaded on 01/16/2012 for the course COMM 101 taught by Professor Jacobs during the Winter '07 term at University of Michigan.

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