Thoughts on Tania Modleski's "Cinema and the Dark Continent: Race and Gender in Popular Film"

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While I could clearly see Modelski's comparison of Goldberg's roles and black women's stereotypes, I could not as easily accept her theories on "Gorillas in the Mist" and "King Kong." Modelski says the gorillas in "Gorillas in the Mist" and "King Kong" represent issues surrounding the stereotype of a violently sex-crazed black man and of miscegenation...
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I don't feel when bringing Dian Fossey's life to the film the screenwriters intended to allude to a sexual relationship between Fossey and Digit. While I can see how sexual overtones can be inferred from over-analyzation, I just don't find it highly probable. It is more probable to see an analogous relationship between King Kong and the stereotype of the black male rapist...
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