George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead (the "rednecks are probably…
George A. Romero's
Dawn of the Dead
women in the genre: helpless, standing there
the "rednecks are probably enjoying this"
"cause I'm a man" non diegetic
pride in killing/hunting people/zombies
relies on regionalist stereotypes
raises issues of being desensitized to such violence
tailgating the apocalyspe
red flannel vest, police outfit, or orange safety vest
"When the dead walk, Senores, we must stop the killing or lose the war"
"some people still think there's respect in dying"
ultimately questions the necessity of violence and the useless loss of lives
self-aware of the larger racial politics in film and culture; uses zombies as tropes to comment on racial violences
stopping racial violence; the enemy of my enemy is my friend (the zombie as leverage for an end of racial violence)
The Zombie Body--what does it mean?
zombies as hunter for sport/can target practice
beyond gender? post-race? (the makeup gives them all the same skin color)
not human? post-human? kinda human?
what does the imaginative space of the zombie apocalypse allow?
questions how stable our society is, esp organized around gender, race, and class
express darkest desires (to shoot poc?)
fantasies of individualism (no rules, every man for themself)
the police raid
allegedly to take the corpses of the people in the building
questions about bystander intervention and who polices the racism?
made to fear people's reactions and people themselves
the excess of fear: the extremes to control even if it fails
places violence in an urban setting
can't trust authority be it in the media or armed forces; picks up where Night left off with violence of racially motivated armed forces
newsroom raises questions of chaos/order
takes something every day and messies it up
the intro in the TV station
raises questions about entertainment versus public safety
power dynamics: Francine standing up against a white, masculinist station manager
who is the media looking out for?
the mechanics of media: the scrolling text that runs alongside other media
questions of "fake news" (doubled with disagreeing with a doctor)
talking heads, but like real aggressive
soundscape is busy and loud
Fran as underdog--relies on assumptions about femininity and weakness
evocative of blood: it's pervasive in the shot: is it a home? Disorients us to space
What's up in 1978?
1970 Kent state shootings (done by national guard)
Jim Jones and his cult in Guyana; drinking the kool-aid
questions of LGBTQ rights and pride flag created
increase commercialization and mall culture
end of Vietnam War and lingering trauma (national an personal)