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Jan. 31st, 2006


I just remembered that I need to write a paper for my English class. It must be based off a film that depicts a subculture.

In class we discussed "subculture" ad nauseum and here are the restraints:
- It cannot be a "community" (eg. gay, Asian, blind)
- It must be depicted in a movie
- The director must make some kind of stance (and we therefore agree or disagree with the director's portrayal of the subculture)

What I need is a subculture. My professor mentioned the following as examples:
- Punk
- Gangs
- Groopies

I had thoughts on the following:
- Dancers (a la Altman's The Company...but I haven't seen it, so I don't know if there's any commentary on "dancers" as a subculture. Yes? No? Anyone? Bueller?)
- Surfers
- Musicians/bands

A guy in my group is probably doing "Trekkies," and I'm sure there are a load of other geeky things that could be done, but I want to have some sort of knowledge on the topic.

What I'm asking for:
- Suggestions (+ films in which it is depicted)
- Brownie points if the idea actually appeals to me
- Double brownie points if you give me the director's intention

I know I have a lot of smart, savvy, movie-lovin' folk on my friends list...so PLEASE! Help out! It's fun!!!


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Jan. 31st, 2006 05:29 pm (UTC)
If I remember correctly, the Company was sort of...here are the pretty people being pretty and doing what they love juxtaposed with...here are the grueling rehearsals, the second jobs, the lack of social life, the injury, the impermanence of it all.

A suggestion: if you're going with robert altman, Gosford Park has the whole upstairs, downstairs sort of feel. Are english servants a subculture?
Jan. 31st, 2006 08:08 pm (UTC)
Ummm... Flashdance? Strippers? Steel welding during the day and stripping will bag you a hot man and the career of your dreams as a ballet dancer even if your wig flies off in the middle of your audition?
Jan. 31st, 2006 08:55 pm (UTC)
SLC Punk! is a good one for subculture. Great movie, and it shows the main character trying to figure out if he sould stay in this life, or move into mainstream.
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