Black Panther Film Analysis

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The "Black Panther" is the first Marvel movie to not only features a black hero, but to have an African-American director and a predominantly black cast. I think the whole idea of the movie represents the evolution of black identity in the culture of cinema. It’s been years of mistreatment and neglect by the whites. It was time to see a black hero front and center; no more cameo roles or the praise of a white Superman, and white Captain America Through discussion with my classmates we discussed the importance of parenting. We mentioned how children are the core to a new society, and imposing racialize ideology on them continues to create a racist society. Therefore, I think the “Black Panther,” is finally allowing young black boys and girls…show more content…
Furthermore, I noticed the complexion differentiation throughout the film. The cast didn’t favor a specific color complexion, each character represented a different skin tone. This is a huge evolution from the earlier films with black actors because light-skinned black actors were typically favored in films because they had white features; this allowed for the acceptance of the white audiences. In early films we see that it was difficult to be successful in cinema if one didn 't follow the normative of white cinematography. For instance, in Bogle 's book he mentions "the leads in Micheaux pictures were usually played by light-colored Negro actors, and in later years Micheaux was to be severally criticized by more militant black audiences for selecting 'light -brights '" (Bogle 99). This indicates that even the early leading black creators of cinema engaged in the normality of whiteness. "Race films" were trying to represent the black body in a positive light, but still catering to the white audience. In addition, Professor White elaborated on how Micheaux and other films was obsessed with the idea of a “color hierarchy;" it was based on a scale from light to dark. Therefore, one’s complexion defines where they stand in cinematography (Lecture 2-22-18). Predominately, a black hero was light-skin and the leading damsel in distress was too. Lighter women were more valued , but still weren 't given positive representation. They were oppressed even in films directed and created by the people in their own ethnicity. It didn 't matter whether the producer was black or white, black women couldn 't break the color hierarchy in the industry. Music was mainly the way for women to express themselves socially and sexually. Black women didn 't have the resources and opportunities that black actors had. However, in the film, black women emerge and stand ut as empowering women throughout the entirety of the film. In fact, King Titchala 's ( The Black Panther) war general
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