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never was and no longer is economically viable
It was false to accuse “Falling Down” of racism.Actually it went to obvious lengths to spread the hate indiscriminately and took a pot shot at everyone in fairly equal distribution.
But when you play on a stereotype maybe the minority is less well placed to defend their image or more vulnerable to that stereotype being taken literally and not metaphorically by the ignorant.But the artist will say you cant compromise because of the quality of your voyeur.But thats another blog….
Anyhow the main idea that middle america was feeling the pinch might have been hard to relate to when middle america is a suicidally depressed and estranged missile engineer on a lunatic rampage but I didnt personally have much trouble with the concept.
But 20 years on what is still poignant about that movie is actually the claustrophobic friction in society,the heat (reminiscent of Spike Lee’s ‘Do the Right Thing’),the frustration and the underpinning idea : the facade of indispensibility and stability until we ourselves become economically non viable…and then we join the unheard, unaboded, uninsureable, unemployable subculture.
Spike Lee lit the match ,Falling Down blew the fuse and Dan Ackroyd mercifully lets us laugh at the whole demise in Trading Places…All great movies.Go see…