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"Color Adjustment," re TV, race, and stereotypes

1/24/2018 7:30 PM

"Color Adjustment," re TV, race, and stereotypes
"Color Adjustment," Cinematheque ScreeningWEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2018, 7:30PM EST
Location White Hall 208
301 Dowman Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30322
University Event Topic Arts
School Emory College
Department/Organization Arts at Emory, Film & Media Studies
Type of Art Film - Screenings, Lectures, & Events
Series Emory Cinematheque: Black Lives on the Small Screen
Event Open To All
Cost Free; no ticket required
Contact Name Film and Media Studies Department
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Color Adjustment
Director/Writer/Producer Marlon Riggs, 1992-PBS, 87 min.

Color Adjustment traces 40 years of prime time entertainment through the prism of race-- scrutinizing television's racial myths and stereotypes. Narrated by Ruby Dee, the documentary revisits some of television's most popular stars and shows including Amos and Andy, The Nat King Cole Show, I Spy, Julia, Good Times, Roots, Frank's Place and The Cosby Show. Methodical and thoughtful, Riggs showcases the interplay between America's racial consciousness and network primetime programming. Riggs demonstrates how African-Americans were allowed into America's primetime homes only insofar as their presence didn't challenge the mythology of the American Dream central to television's commercial function. Engaging and incredibly prescient, Color Adjustment sheds light on the racial implications of America's addiction to television viewing.

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