L.A. Crash Filmschool

e-learning with the Oscar award-winning movie Crash

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Home Step 3 3.1 Narrative Plot Summary

Plot Summary of Crash

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Task 1: Read through the quotes and the summary underneath.

Task 2: Write your own summary of Crash making 'your' character you have chosen in chapter 2 the main character of it. Your hero can be good, bad or whatever you think he or she is. Write it as if Crash is not an episodic film.

A Brentwood housewife and her DA husband. A Persion store owner. Two police detectives who are also lovers. An African-American television director and his wife. A mexican locksmith. Two car-jackers. A rookie cop. A middle-aged Korean couple ... They all live in Los Angeles. And during the next 36 hours, they will all collide ...
[ Source: Lions Gate Entertainment. Url: http://www.crashfilm.com - 9 NOV 2009 ]


"Moving at the speed of life, we are bound to collide with each other.
[ Detective Graham Waters in the opening scene of Crash ]

Crash shows an eventful two days in the lives of several residents of Los Angeles. While the film moves back and forth between various interlaced storylines, the strands are held together tightly by an overarching theme: the dynamics of racism within society. We follow an array of socially and ethnically diverse characters as they run into situations in which the effects of racism become visible for us as well as for some of them.

A television director and his wife need to overcome the trauma of her being molested by a racist police officer with his disgusted young partner just standing by; an Iranian shop-owner is suspicious of a Hispanic who repairs his locks and tries to protect his property with a gun; a car thief who likes to philosophize about racial oppression suddenly has a chance to get rich quickly by selling off a bus-load of illegal immigrants from South-East Asia; and the viewer gets sucked into a maelstrom of human tragedies triggered by instances of sometimes ever-so-subtle racism.


[ Source: Henseler, R. & S. Möller (2007): CRASH - Filmstudies in the Classroom. Berlin: Cornelsen ]



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