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Thread #34525   Message #1904387
Posted By: Azizi
09-Dec-06 - 07:36 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Pretty Little Pink
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Pretty Little Pink
Also, with regard to 'pink' as a referent for a female who is of African American/non African American ancestry and who has very light skin, I was thinking of the 1949 movie Pinky.

Genders OnLine Journal - Presenting innovative theories in art, literature, history, music, TV and film. Issue 40; 2004 "Passing For Horror; Race, Fear, and Elia Kazan's Pinky By Miriam J Petty presents an interesting commentary about that movie. Here's a very brief excerpt from that essay:

"Film genres routinely mix and evolve over time in ways hat change our expectations of them, and change the way that we as audiences read and receive them. At times, however, the mixing of genres can function to focus our attention on certain film texts, and certain critical moments within these texts....

In this essay, I use the 1949 Hollywood film Pinky to suggest the ways in which social problem films dealing with the phenomenon of racial "passing" (instances in which light-skinned black characters "pretend" to be whites) use themes and motifs commonly found in horror films...

A post-World War II offering from the Fox studio, Pinky represents part of what Christopher Jones calls the "culmination of the trend toward black realism in the American cinema of the forties" (110) in 1949. As Jones observes, this year saw the release of films like Lost Boundaries (also a cinematic account of a "black-as-white" passing story), Stanley Kramer's post-war drama Home of the Brave, and the film adaptation of William Faulkner's Intruder in the Dust. Pinky's place as the most popular and critically acclaimed of these films dealing substantially with "blacks at home in the United States, enduring the problems of civilian life" (Jones 110-111) suggests the significance of examining the currents of fear and repression underlying its presentation of racial realities."