Reel to real : race, sex, and class at the movies

hooks, bell, 1952-

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  • Creator Bell Hooks
  • Format Books
  • Publication New York, NY : Routledge, 1996.
  • Physical Details
    • 244 pages ; 23 cm
  • ISBNs 9780415918244, 0415918243, 9780415918237, 0415918235
  • OCLC ocm35229108


  • "Although it may not be the goal of filmmaker, most of us learn something when we watch movies. They make us think. They make us feel. Occasionally they have the power to transform lives. In Reel to Real, Bell Hooks talks back to films she has watched as a way to engage the pedagogy of cinema - how film teaches its audience." "Bell Hooks comes to film not as a film critic but as a cultural critic, fascinated by the issues movies raise - the way cinema depicts race, sex, and class. Reel to Real brings together Hooks's classic essays (on Paris is Burning or Spike Lee's She's Gotta Have it) with her newer work on such films as Girl 6, Pulp Fiction, Crooklyn, and Waiting to Exhale, and her thoughts on the world of independent cinema. Her conversations with filmmakers Charles Burnett, Julie Dash, and Arthur Jaffa are linked with critical essays to show how cinema can function subversively, even as it maintains the status quo."--BOOK JACKET.


  • Includes index.


  • 1. Introduction: making movie magic -- 2. Good girls look the other way -- 3. Transgression and transformation: Leaving Las Vegas -- 4. Exotica: breaking down to break through -- 5. Crooklyn: the denial of death -- 6. Cool cynicism: Pulp Fiction -- 7. Mock feminism: Waiting to Exhale -- 8. Kids: transgressive subjects - reactionary film -- 9. Artistic integrity: race and accountability -- 10. Neo-colonial fantasies of conquest: Hoop Dreams -- 11. Doing it for daddy: black masculinity in the mainstream -- 12. Thinking through class: paying attention to The Attendant -- 13. Back to the avant-garde: the progressive vision -- 14. What's passion got to do with it? an interview with Marie-France Alderman -- 15. The cultural mix: an interview with Wayne Wang -- 16. Confession - filming family: an interview with Camille Billops -- 17. A guiding light: an interview with Charles Burnett -- 18. Critical contestations: a conversation with A.J. (Arthur Jaffa) -- 19. The oppositional gaze: black female spectators -- 20. Is paris burning? -- 21. "Whose pussy is this?" a feminist comment
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