Thoughts on Tania Modleski's "Cinema and the Dark Continent: Race and Gender in Popular Film"
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February 6, 2015
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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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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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