American Cinema Assignment

Answer the following question in a 2 page paper.

Primarily, use the attached reading. You may use other resources if you’d like, but do so sparingly. Don’t cite Wikipedia. Use a proper citation style (e.g., Chicago, MLA) of your choice. Write using 1” margins, double spaced, and size 12 Times or Times New Roman font.

Mark A. Reid writes in his abstract that his article, “The Black Action Film: The End of the Patiently Enduring Black Hero,” “describes and analyzes the socio-economic and political forces of the 1960s which gave rise to the black action film of the 1970s” (23). For your first paragraph, summarize Reid’s argument: what changes occurred in African American political engagement and consciousness in the 1960s, and what does that have to do with the black action film of the 1970s? Later in his essay, Reid describes John Shaft (Richard Roundtree) as a “black-skinned [replica] of the white heroes of action films” (32). For your second paragraph, use a specific sequence from Shaft (Gordon Parks 1971) to argue either in agreement or disagreement with Reid’s assertion. Use relevant formal terms and sufficient detail to support your analysis.

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