Reel to Real: Race, Sex, and Class at the Movies

Reel to Real: Race, Sex, and Class at the Movies

Date night at the movies is about more than what audience members bring to the setting. There is also what is shown onscreen, which is why bell hooks has comprised a collection of essays known as “Reel to Real.” Readers can expect to get a beyond-the-veil experience as bell breaks down what those famous sex scenes really mean. Of course, hooks remains true to her cultural roots as well as her feminist ideologies in this collection of essays. Readers will never quite view movies the same after getting insight as to the reason why some films remain with the heart long after the viewer has watched them on the big screen. Reel to Real gives readers a modern-day explanation for the notion of catharsis that Aristotle introduced several centuries ago.

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Who else besides bell hooks can take something as seemingly innocent as going to watch a film and turn it into a major talking point? The celebrated author breaks down the notions of race, class, and sexuality from the big screen’s perspective in her book, “Reel to Real.” This collection of essays reveals the rawness that is bell hooks at the movies. The celebrated author gives her honest take on films that have inspired her through the years as well as the directors behind the magic. Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction is one of hooks’ most beloved films that she delves into in her collection of essays. Of course, the author takes the time to recognize the brilliance that is Spike Lee and his many films that address race as well as social class and religion.

Few authors can create an anthology of short stories that hold the attention of the reader from beginning to end. Reel to Real by bell hooks is definitely one of those works of written art that deserve a good read. This collection of essays is a sure must if you are among those who believe that a good film has the power to change lives.


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