Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Documentary: The Slanted Screen

The Slanted Screen
USA | 2006 | 60 minutes | Documentary | A film written, directed and produced by Jeff Adachi

Just finished watching this flick. A great must-see film.

From silent film star Sessue Hayakawa to Harold & Kumar Go to Whitecastle, The Slanted Screen explores the portrayals of Asian men in American cinema, chronicling the experiences of actors who have had to struggle against ethnic stereotyping and limiting roles. The film presents a critical examination of Hollywood's image-making machine, through a fascinating parade of 50 film clips spanning a century.

The Slanted Screen includes interviews with actors Mako, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, James Shigeta, Dustin Nguyen, Phillip Rhee, Will Yun Lee, Tzi Ma, Jason Scott Lee, comedian Bobby Lee, producer Terence Chang, casting director Heidi Levitt, writer Frank Chin, and directors Gene Cajayon and Eric Byler.

"Highest recommendation … The Slanted Screen hits all its marks." —SF Chronicle

"This is such a compelling social reality." —Asian Week

"Well-researched study of how Asian American men have been stereotyped ..." —The Bay Guardian

"The Slanted Screen brings into focus the most dangerous aspect of prejudice." —The Evening Class Review
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