Film Analysis #1
February 7, 2012
The film Crash by Paul Haggis is a film involving issues of race and gender, which is viewed through the intersecting lives of strangers seen through an auto accident/crash in Los Angeles which opens the film. This film is trying to symbolize what goes on in the world today in regards to racism and stereotypes. Paul Haggis tries to make a point on how societies view themselves and others in the world based on there ethnicities. This movie intertwines several different people's lives, all different races, with different types of beliefs. Such ethnicities include Caucasians, African Americans, Hispanics, Asians and Middle Eastern. This film includes conflicts on both sides of the picture from cops and criminals as well from being rich or poor. You see everyone being ignorant and paranoid of the opposite race. Through the movie you view how different races "Crash" and react with other races. In certain scenes you see how each person thinks of other races. Eventually, we circle back around to that same auto accident/crash after having explored the lives, and the racism of the characters. In this paper I will examine the sociological concept of ethnocentrism of chapter one and the psychological concept of frustration of chapter 3. This film confirms the concepts listed above and their theories of chapters one and three of Strangers to These Shores by Vincent N. Parrillo. “The sociological approach to prejudice is to not to examine individual behavior, as psychologists do, but rather to examine behavior within a group setting (Parrillo 48).” A major concept displayed throughout the film Crash is the sociological concept of ethnocentrism. Ethnocentrism means that we judge other cultures by standards of our own (Parrillo 12). Not only do we judge others by our standards but by also believing that our own race and/or culture are superior to everyone else. For example, Graham and...
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