Movie portrayal


Experts have discussed various aspects of how movies portray different topics and characters. Here are some insights:

  1. Emotional Impact of Movies:

    • mentions that some people experience a lack of narrative distancing, meaning they feel emotions very intensely while watching movies. This can lead to strong emotional reactions to both happy and sad scenes 1.
  2. Military Portrayals:

    • talks about the accuracy of military portrayals in films such as "Blackhawk Down". He notes that while some elements are exaggerated for dramatic effect, the depiction of certain military roles and personas can be quite accurate 2.
  3. LGBTQ Representation:

    • critiques the pressure on filmmakers to include LGBTQ characters, arguing that it should only be done when relevant to the story. He expresses concerns about the portrayal of LGBTQ characters as tokenistic rather than genuine 3.

      Narrative Distancing

      Andrew and Mary discuss the concept of narrative distancing and how it affects our emotional responses to movies. Andrew shares his experience of having more narrative distancing than his partner and how it may be influenced by his upbringing around violence. They also touch on the emotional impact of real footage in documentaries.

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  4. Controversial Films:

    • also addresses the controversy around historical films like "Dirty Harry" and "Forrest Gump", emphasizing the importance of viewing these films within the context of the time they were made and the cultural conversations they engage with 4.
  5. Portrayal of Mental Illness:

    • Movies like "Fatal Attraction" and "Girl, Interrupted" are cited by for their portrayals of mental illnesses, such as borderline personality disorder. These films are used in educational contexts to illustrate psychiatric concepts 5.

These discussions reflect how movies can influence perceptions and provoke thought about various real-world issues.