25) Armond White Movie Review of the Alan Parker film Mississippi Burning -1989-
“The Basic appeal made by director Alan Parker, who personally
rewrote Chris Geralmo’s original screenplay is to the audience’s own sense of superiority to the past–specifically to the American movie audience’s mass identity as white…
Gene Hackman’s performance (it’s too shallow to call a characterization) only works if one accepts the film’s odious subtext–that might, authority, beauty, and truth are white virtues. This would not be possible if the film encouraged viewers to see themselves in the Black Southerners who historically must oppose racist whites. This is the underlying thought that unifies even…”
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