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ERIC Number: EJ831965
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Apr
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-1521-0960
Along the Great Divide: "Crash," "Desperate Housewives," and the Wisdom of Rodney King
Beck, Bernard
Multicultural Perspectives, v8 n1 p28-31 Apr 2006
Each of the world's major cities is known in the movie world as the exemplar of a specific mood, atmosphere, or spirit and the natural setting for particular kinds of movie stories. Paris, London, New York, and Chicago have their respective types of picture. Los Angeles has such an urban personality in imagination. Those distinctive story lines are identified with their respective cities, but the conventional stories also change over time and in accordance with historical events, so that a Los Angeles story of today is noticeably different from one of a half-century ago. Los Angeles, as the long-time capital of the movie industry--has a vivid image in one's mind because it has been filmed so often and for so long as the background for so many different stories. Los Angeles is considered as the model of American life for movie culture. However there is another Los Angeles in the movies, one born after riots, police scandals, and random eruptions of individual violence. This Los Angeles was the imaginative location of a disorganized, lonely, disappointing, and menacing culture, not softened or relieved by the affluence, good weather, and ease of life. This article discusses the movie "Crash," which is the latest of the troubled movies about the loss of human kindness, and the prime time soap opera, "Desperate Housewives," which is the latest offering in the comic genre that seems to demonstrate once again the entertainment power of sociopathology.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California