L.A. Crash Filmschool

e-learning with the Oscar award-winning movie Crash

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Task 1: Read the quotes from the film CRASH. You might watch the corresponding scenes again, if you like.

Task 2: To whom is the character talking? Where and when does this scene take place? Describe the atmosphere of the scene and the mood of the characters involved.

Task 3: Discuss the quotes (with your partner/in the group). Is it a positive or a negative statement? What does the character want to gain with the statement? How does it characterize him/her?

Anthony: "You couldn't find a whiter, safer or better lit part of this city right now. Yet, this white woman sees two black guys who look like UCLA students strolling down the sidewalk and her reaction is blind fear. If anybody should be scared around here, it's us."
Jean Cabot: "I would like the looks changed again in the morning. [...] Now. I'm telling you your amigo in there is selling our keys to one of his homies and this time it would be great if you acted like you give a shit."
Rick Cabot: "I mean, no matter how we spin this thing, I'm either gonna loose the black vote or the law and order vote."
Christine Thayer: "The closest you ever came to being black, was watching The Cosby Show."
Farhad: "I shot a little girl. [...] But she's ok, Dorri. Nothing happened. She's my firishta.[...] My ... my angel. My Angel. She came to protect me. To protect us. You understand?"
Daniel Ruiz' daughter: "He doesn't have it. I have it. He doesn't have the paper cloak ... It's OK. I'll protect you ... It's a really good cloak."
John Ryan: "Well, you know what I can't do? I can't look at you without thinking about the five or six more qualified white men that didn't get your job."
Cameron Thayer: "You know what? Maybe I should have let them arrest your ass. Sooner or later you gotta find out what it is really like to be black."
Graham Waters: "I can't talk to you right now. I'm having sex with a white woman ... Come on. I would have said you were Mexican, but I don't think it would pissed her off as much."

Illustrations: © COLOUR RHAPSODY, Irene Themann

[ adapted from Henseler/Möller ]