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The Case for Calling George Lucas the “White Tyler Perry”

The Case for Calling George Lucas the “White Tyler Perry”

Chapter:
(p.200) Chapter Ten The Case for Calling George Lucas the “White Tyler Perry”
Source:
From Madea to Media Mogul
Author(s):
Paul N. Reinsch
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496807045.003.0010

Incomparing and contrasting Perry’s media influence with that of another famous director, Paul Reinsch concludes the collection by reframing the media discourse around Tyler Perry’s work and career to consider him alongside a comparable media mogul: George Lucas. What might the creator of Star Wars and the creator of Madea possibly have in common (aside from a possible penchant for high fantasy)? In closely analyzing the critical reception, aesthetics, and ideologies of Perry’s For Colored Girls(2010) and Lucas’s Red Tails(2012), Reinsch exposes how each filmmaker ultimately negotiates a particular nostalgia for Classical Hollywood Cinema while also maintaining a particular intrusiveness.

Keywords:   George Lucas, Classical Hollywood Cinema, Nostalgia, Film History, Mogul

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