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  •  Well, (none)
    I agree that it's possible to feel humiliated with those characters, but I didn't find that a strong enough base to react/appreciate the fight between them that followed.  Without any real connection, I felt it was grating rather than insightful.  And for me, that was the pattern throughout the movie.  

    Check out Lone Star or Sunshine State if you get the chance.  Both deal with a huge cast of characters from a good spread of racial backgrounds, and the way they get you thinking about race relations is often surprising and unexpected.  And the writing is crisp and insightful.

    But I do respect the dialogue that the Crash has caused.  Infinitely more than the film itself.

    Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

    by pico on Thu Mar 09, 2006 at 01:51:56 PM PST

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    •  Crashing into the Folk Song Army ... (none)
      Well, as for Crash, I enjoyed it even though I have to agree that it was very simplistic and superficial. Basically, however, I think it's good that at least it has helped people talk more openly about race, and hopefully given them something to think about in terms of questioning their own attitudes about it. At least I believe you can say it was no worse than The Color Purple. Heck, nothing's perfect. I get the feeling that some people are just too "cool" to ever like anything.

      You're right, though. Lone Star and Sunshine State were better written. And Robert Altman's Cookie's Fortune had some wonderful racial insights in it, too.

      Leftilicious's story reminds me of when I was in grade school back in the 60s and my music teacher played a Tom Lehrer album for us. I'll never forget how funny and yet trenchant the song "Pollution" was, but now I'm sure the fake foreign accent he used for one verse would offend somebody. Then there was Lehrer's glorious "Folk Song Army," which he introduced by saying: "It takes a certain amount of courage to stand up in a coffee-house or a college auditorium and come out in favor of the things everyone else is against ... like peace and justice and brotherhoold, and so on ..."

      Ah, memories. Congrats to the OP for handling the situation so well, and enlightening the teacher in such a constructive way that will no doubt continue to benefit future classes. Good luck with your Crash diary. I'll look forward to it.

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