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Subjective POV is used to articulate racial difference

by Critical Commons Manager

It is rare enough for Hollywood films to acknowledge the existence of racial difference, except through stereotypes and/or explicit or implicit racism. This scene from Manchurian Candidate is remarkable in characterizing the internal viewpoint of an African-American soldier as explicitly racialized, a difference that is apparent when placed in juxtaposition both with the "objective" viewpoint of the film's diegesis and an earlier sequence depicting an identical (unmarked, white) dream experienced by Frank Sinatra's character.

Racialized subjective POV in The Manchurian Candidate

A glimpse inside the internal subjectivity of an African-American soldier contrasts with that of white soldiers

from The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Creator: John Frankenheimer
Distributor: MGM
Posted by Critical Commons Manager
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