>>Unit Two - The Black experience >>Amistad >>The Color Purple >>Malcolm X >>Do the Right Thing > >These films don't have any direct bearing on the "experience" of any black >person that I know, none of whom were ever slaves, revolutionaries or >rioters to the best of my knowledge. I agree completely when it comes to *Amistad* and *The Color Purple:* a film that depicts Steven Spielberg's idea of the Black Experience. As far as *Malcolm X* goes: it is important to know African-American history (in the US or Japan), despite our (your) personal acquaintances, no? And *Malcolm* does it very well. Lastly, where are the rioters in *Do the Right Thing?* Oh yes, the ones who insist on keeping Frank Sinatra's pictures on the wall....The film depicts a cultural clash quite effectively within a single neighborhood. Thumbs up for multiculturalism within the context of mainstream cinema. I also recommend *Mississippi Masala.* For something less Hollywood, how about Ang Lee's first feature, *Pushing Hands?* Gloria Monti ______________________________ gloria monti director of undergraduate studies film studies program, yale university 53 wall st., #116, new haven, CT 06510 voice mail: 203-432-0152 fax: 203-776-1928 e-mail: [log in to unmask] http://pantheon.cis.yale.edu/~godard/index.html "Jean-Luc Godard, that glorious nut. No art form should be without one." Newsweek, 1964 ---- Screen-L is sponsored by the Telecommunication & Film Dept., the University of Alabama.