Paper: An Introduction to the Analysis of the Film Liberators and the Tramp

Liberators also tries to expel a stereotype; that of Negroes, and likewise to glorify them. This is done indirectly through a Jewish survivor's account of his rescue from aconcentration camp by the African-American regiment. The recollection takes place in theconcentration camp where he was rescued (Buchenwald) and he talking to no-one in particular. One of the veterans is standing beside him and the cameraman is standing about two metersaway from the pair giving a medium torso/head shot. The cameramaaAnother example ofstereotyping in the Tramp is in the quote "She was not one to provoke skirmishes, even withthe cow." The word "skirmish" means a little battle and is normally only used in a militarycontext. By exaggerating a scuffle into a battle, it highlights the contrast inaggressiveness between the woman and the man. The woman will call any little tussle a warand try to avoid it at all costs, whereas the man tries to induce them. Also, the word"provoke” confirms the submissiveness of the woman But the main advantage the film text hasover the print text is the use of juxtapositioning. One such example is when there is ascene of archival footage depicting some Ku Klux Klansmen marching down a street at nightcarrying the American flag, with bonfires burning along the pavement and spectators crammingthe sidewalks. The scene juxtapositioned after it is a medium close up, low camera shot of aNazi soldier with the Nazi flag flying in the background over his left shoulder. Theconnotations of this It can be seen from the two texts that the author/producers had strongideas about social stereotypes. They both had a two parallel conflicts and used them totheir full advantage. Even though the film and the story had different techniques availableto them, they each utilised them effectively and forcefully....