Thandie Newton Goes On A “Retreat” (The Extinction Of Black Couples In Movies)
I’m probably not so far off track when I say that, in recent cinema history, there are probably more mainstream movies that feature interracial couples (as in black & white), than there are that feature all-black couples – whether romcoms, dramas, or action/thrillers like the one below. The trend nowadays seems to lean more toward black female/white male pairings, than black male/white female couplings. Of course, white men still aren’t too keen on seeing black men shack up with “their” women on screen, but will obviously, readily produce films in which they pair themselves up with black women. White women are “the protected.”
And when black men are paired with white women, even in supposed romantic settings, the men are severely limited in how sexually expressive they can be; sex scenes comprise of hugs and pecks on the lips, or cutaways. Whereas, in films in which black women are coupled up with white men, the sex scenes can often be quite explicit.
Halle Berry in several movies she’s been in; Sanaa Lathan, twice that I’m aware of; Kerry Washington also at least twice; Thandie Newton, and others. I’m not “blaming” them by the way, nor do I discourage them either; and I’m not one of those interracial relationship-phobes; sistahs have to work, right? I’m just lamenting an industry practice that’s as old as cinema. So, I’m not necessarily saying anything new. Long-time readers of this blog will recall that we’ve previously discussed this matter, and quite extensively too.
But this does grate on one’s nerves once in awhile. And don’t give me any of that post-racial nonsense. I’m just hoping for some balance on screen – balance as in black men and black women paired up in a myriad of situations.
We can diss Tyler Perry all we want, but, at least, brothaman always features black couples in love (or lust) in his movies.
Per Screen Daily: Thandie Newton, Jason Isaacs and David Tennant are attached to star in Magnet Films’ psychological thriller Retreat.
The film, to be directed by newcomer Carl Tibbetts, follows a couple (played by Newton and Isaacs) who are seeking to rebuild their relationship by taking time out on a remote island but their peace is shattered when they find a man in military uniform (Tennant) half-dead on their doorstep who tells them there is a lethal virus killing millions on the mainland.
Shooting is due to begin in May in Canada.
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