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Prejudices in Film
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paka From: paka Date: November 17th, 2011 10:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

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I think the best head-nod I've ever seen was actually in this British thing about the anniversary of D-Day. It was actually the last thing Sir Alec Guiness did, I think. There's a couple of British vets and an American vet doing this pilgrimage to their friends' graves for the anniversary, and there are a whole batch of interesting interactions. Finally the guys get to the graves and hey, the friend who the American's come to visit? Mogen David marker. It's pretty much the only instance I can think of where someone's Jewish just kind of in passing. I realize this is a hard one to do as just a throw-away item, hey, guy's Jewish, move on.

It's weird - I love Aliens but some of the gender/race stuff in the film drives me nuts. By comparison Alien has this great example for how I think gender and race could be treated. Supposedly Sigourney Weaver showed up, was cool enough to get the part, and the writers decided yep, Ripley's female; previously they hadn't really decided Ripley needed to be either gender. I like that idea. Theoretically about half of all characters should be women, since half of all people are human. No strong woman or pretty eye candy context needed, it's just that women are going to show up and do the job too.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 17th, 2011 10:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

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>>Mogen David marker. It's pretty much the only instance I can think of where someone's Jewish just kind of in passing.<<

Cool!

>>Theoretically about half of all characters should be women, since half of all people are human. No strong woman or pretty eye candy context needed, it's just that women are going to show up and do the job too.<<

Yes, I like that. It's especially relevant for impromptu heroes: whoever is Johnny or Jenny on-the-spot when Something Happens is humanity's de facto champion for that encounter. There's about a 51% chance it will be Jenny.
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