Thursday, November 19, 2009

Remember the Titans

The shot sequence I focus on during my analysis occurs from 3:52 until 4:09. 

Though at the surface, Boaz Yakin’s Remember the Titans seems to be an inspirational, intense sports movie, it several persistent ideological themes centered around racism emerge throughout the film. Though the film critiques racism in society, it is ineffective in its criticism because it is made in a society in which racism is always present.  According to Comolli and Narboni, a “type d” film is defined as one with “explicitly political content,” but it does not “effectively criticize the ideological system in which they are embedded because they unquestioningly adopt its language and imagery.”  The first requirement, that the film is explicitly political, is clearly fulfilled by Remember the Titans as its main plot is about desegregating the high schools, and more specifically, desegregating the football teams.  The second requirement is a little more difficult to classify. Since the film does portrays a racist society, and for the vast majority of the movie, a segregated football team.  The following shots emphasize that the latter is true, proving that Remember the Titans is a “type d” film.

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