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Reel To Real: Race, Sex, and Class at the Movies Hardcover – February 28, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0415918237 ISBN-10: 0415918235 Edition: 0th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (February 28, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415918235
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415918237
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,946,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Hooks's essays on film are not film criticism: they are criticism of culture as viewed through the prism of film. This mix of theory, reality, popular art and popular criticism (reviews and public reaction play a large part in her discussions) is effective in forcing a rethinking of the films in question. A reading of reviews of Exotica shows that only the strip-joint portions of the movie were considered worthy of commentary. Quentin Tarantino?a filmmaker "not afraid to publicly pimp his wares"?is taken to task for ingesting superficial aspects of black culture and spitting out the rest. The "mock feminism" of Waiting to Exhale ("an utterly boring show") is exposed as hooks examines differences between the book and the movie. The essays that do not focus on a single film are equally successful: a discussion of the black female gaze recalls that slaves could be punished for looking, and another on representations of black masculinity notes that in movies with two male leads, one black and one white, such as Rising Sun, the white man plays the "father" role. The essays could have benefited from more thoughtful organization. Hooks refers to her first-ever film-related essay, on Spike Lee's She's Gotta Have It, in her introduction and elsewhere, but the essay does not appear until the final pages of the book. A piece on the accountability of filmmakers that involves Wayne Wang would have matched up nicely with a dialogue with Wang, which instead is sandwiched in a group of interviews with Arthur Jaffa, Camille Billops and the like.
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Review

This mixed view of theory, reality, popular art, and popular criticism...is effective in forcing a rethinking of the films in question.
Publisher's Weekly

hooks is worth reading for her intelligent, passionate, and often convincing writings.
The Onion

hooks...makes a compelling case to filmmakers for creating progressive images that 'transform the culture we live in'.
Los Angeles Times

Those looking for insightful, sophisticated, and provocative views on cinema will enjoy and learn from Reel to Real. The book is particularly insightful about issues of race and about the ways black women are depicted in film. It will appeal to a broad audience and will also be useful as a way to introduce discussions of race, class, and gender into courses in aesthetics, film, and cultural studies.
The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism

This is intellectual entertainment at its best.
Bay Area Reporter, San Francisco --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Bell Hooks is a cultural critic, feminist theorist, and writer. Celebrated as one of our nation's leading public intellectual by The Atlantic Monthly, as well as one of Utne Reader's 100 Visionaries Who Could Change Your Life, she is a charismatic speaker who divides her time among teaching, writing, and lecturing around the world. Previously a professor in the English departments at Yale University and Oberlin College, hooks is now a Distinguished Professor of English at City College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is the author of more than seventeen books, including All About Love: New Visions; Remembered Rapture: The Writer at Work; Wounds of Passion: A Writing Life; Bone Black: Memories of Girlhood; Killing Rage: Ending Racism; Art on My Mind: Visual Politics; and Breaking Bread: Insurgent Black Intellectual Life. She lives in New York City.

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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 24, 2000
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An excellent book that really gives you something to think about as she examines race, sex and class in America through the movies. I really enjoyed reading her feminist views, and her interviews with filmmakers Charles Burnett, Camille Billops, and AJ (Arthur Jafa).
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By Scott on December 7, 2013
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Great book, Bell Hooks is a wonderful author and has opened my eyes and the eyes of many other young women to sexism in media and culture.
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By Jerbo88 on October 8, 2013
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Bell Hooks has some extreme ideas but provokes though and idea and puts one mind at different angles of looking at things.
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