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Has dated badly,
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I was around this scene a bit in the 80s and the movie captures a flavour but is SO stereotyped. Script boring and looks like it was made by white people about black people - urban anthropology. the film has dated badly.
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Initial post: 1 Mar 2013 01:32:32 GMT
so you don't think white people should appreciate reggae then? disgusting, backward and insulting. as prejudiced as the racists this film depicts. crawl under a rock and stay there.
In reply to an earlier post on 1 Mar 2013 16:21:33 GMT
Sorry NoDroneZone, you obviously misunderstood my comment. I said it looks like a film made by white people about black people, which is completely different. Not that white people can't make good films about black people, but they are sadly very rare, mainly because of the film-makers' lack of insight into how to express a completely different culture and way of seeing life without resorting to stereotyping and superficiality (which Babylon does). Of course, it all boils down to subjective taste - a film I think is crap might seem brilliant to you (and vice-versa) but authentic depictions of black culture are few and far between in cinemaland, as the exponential growth of Nigerian cinema for one indicates. People just prefer seeing themselves as they are, not as others see them, unless it's really well done and doesn't patronise. Appreciating reggae is a completely different issue and the vast majority of reggae artists are only too happy to have white people who appreciate their music. I know plenty of white people who love reggae and appreciate it immensely. That's completely not what I was talking about.
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