mlrg wrote:ITALIANO wrote:All the Italians are dark-haired in All the Money in the World. All - even the extras in the streets. Not a blond in sight (and I swear that there ARE blonds here). They aren't even just dark-haired - they are black-haired. With big noses, thick eyebrows, full llips. Which actually makes them conveniently similar to Arabs, so more easily identifiable by even the most provincial, ignorant American as the villains of the story. Several events are completely invented, and most of these events - for example the boy trying to escape and being caught by a seemingly-friendly but actually corrupt policeman - contribute to portray Italy as a land where everyone is violent, greedy, sadistic, fraudolent, untrustworthy.
Even if this werent a country I know something about, I'd be terrified at the racism in sight. The fact that all the well-intentioned, liberal, progressive Americans writing before me in this thread found this movie "enjoyable", "efficient", etc, without even slightly noticing THAT, says alot about America, and why America has a President like Trump today. And then they worry about Weinstein...
It's like all portuguese (man or women) are fat, have a moustache and own a restaurant as portrayed in Love Actually (although it's a British film).
Please see the movie if you still haven't. All the Italians look lkke Egyptians. And there ARE Italians looking like Arabs of course, but not many, and most importantly, not ALL!
In the movie, all Italians are bad. The journalists are portrayed as either crazy animals like the hordes of paparazzi who follow the heroic American mother everywhere or like cynics who offer money in order to publish private photos of the kidnapped boy.
Italian women don't speak - this is something I discovered from this movie and I had never realized before. Italian women just devotedly follow their men, and if their men are criminals, they follow them silently and, in the funniest scene (people in the cinema burst out laughing) they - silently and devotedly as always - sit around the table counting the ransom money.
Oh, I forgot. There IS a sort-of good guy in this hell on Earth. It's obviously one of the kidnappers - a low-grade mafioso with a golden heart right out of a B-spaghetti western who more than once advices the good and pure Americans: "Leave Italy immediately!!!!".
By contrast, the Americans in this movie are rational, balanced, sensitive, human. I mean... How shall I put it... Well, let's just say that anyone who has been on this board for even just a week know that this isn't often the case...
Anyway, the movie is atrocious, not just for its racism. The so-called poliziotteschi made in Italy in the 70s with little money weren't more bidimensiobal and at least had a better pace. But I find interesting that nobody in America noticed the racism. Are they so used nowadays to see "others" portrayed that way - the foreign, the dark-skinned as the enemy of a country which is pure and healthy? And not just Americans, it seems. Australians and Israelis were "engaged" as well, "right up until the end" (!) - I mean, such a compelling, coherent storyline, and such subtle characters have that effect on the viewers, right? But I'm afraid this is one of the aspects of globalization - you identifiy with the (light-skinned) winner, always, even if you live in a completely different environment.