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"Dead Presidents" ( Hughes Brothers )
Analyzes this 1995 work as an example of heist film in black cinema.
# 22398 | 1,800 words | 3 sources | 1995 | US

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"The Hughes Brothers' recent film Dead Presidents does what many of the best recent films do--it takes a standard plot as a jumping off point both for social criticism and for a different sort of kinetic movie experience, shaping familiar material into a new form. The fact that this is a black story rather than a white is only one of the changes from what is at heart a buddy movie about a group of friends who face a bleak future and who decide to join together to commit a robbery as a way of making something of their lives. In this particular version, the protagonists happen to be black, and their bleak future is at least in part a consequence of institutional racism and societal neglect. The growing awareness on the part of these friends that their world is a dead-end is shown to be a consequence in part of their experiences in Vietnam, experiences which tested their ..."

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