Representations of Blackness in Popular Culture: Film . AS/HUMA 1300 9.0 Faculty of Arts March 18, 2009. Bamboozled. Dir. Spike Lee. Perf . Damon Wayans, Jada Pinkett -Smith, Michael Rapaport , Savion Glover, Tommy Davidson, and Mos Def. Forty Acres & a Mule Filmworks , 2000. .
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AS/HUMA 1300 9.0
Faculty of Arts
March 18, 2009
Bamboozled. Dir. Spike Lee. Perf. Damon Wayans, JadaPinkett-Smith, Michael Rapaport, Savion Glover, Tommy Davidson, and Mos Def. Forty Acres & a Mule Filmworks, 2000.
1. How is the character of Pierre Delacroix both complicated and conflicted by his family, and familial obligations?
2. What is the role of the minstrel trinkets, in particular the jolly nigger bank, in the film, in Pierre’s consciousness, and within the wider realm of American
3. What effect does the Manray character, without the blackface, have on audience members, regardless of gender, age and “race”?
4. What do you think Spike Lee is saying about audiences, in particular the live
audience that views the taping of the show?
5. What is the position of rap music within the film, and the entertainment
industry as a whole, as articulated by the film, Bamboozled?
6. What does Sloan’s character say about gender relations in the workplace
and within the family unit?Viewing/Guiding Questions for Bamboozledprepared by Mark Campbell
2. Made for exhibition in large theatres;
3. Film as pure spectacle/entertainment;
4. Spectator/audience as passive consumer;
5. Satisfies commercial interests of
6. Maintains hegemony through its power
to a socially committed cinema, mainly but
not exclusively from the “Third World”;
2. Political/militant cinema—radical in its
politics and approach to cinema;
3. Cinema of decolonisation, which expresses
will to national liberation, and is anti-
mythic, anti-racist, anti-bourgeois.Third Cinema