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Remember The Titans
Transcript of Remember The Titans
Going to camp....
Segregation Becomes Integration.
Racism Shown Through Music
The drums and horns used here lent a very military feel to the scene which helped the audience feel more involved in the tragedy that Boone was talking about.
Racism Through Dialogue
The speech that Boone gave his team in this scene demonstrated the damage that racial discrimination can cause. He clearly and calmy states that:
Camera angles and shots
Boaz Yakin used a variety of shots in this scene which clearly shows the division in the society based on race but also Boone's determination to stop the segregation and discrimination once and for all!
Bus Scene Dialogue..
Again, Boone shows us that he doesn't care about colour...what he does care about is his team and winning football. His dialogue tells us that this is his priority and it needs to become the teams. Again, as an audience, we are shown inequality and warned against repeating these mistakes.
Even the choice of music reinforces the idea that we have to be proud of who we are, despite our race and societal prejudice. The lyrics clearly state:
It's not what you look like
When you're doin what you're doin
It's what you're doin when you're doin
what you look like you're doin
Here we see and recognize that we have two male leaders in the scene. Gary, who is White and Julius who is African-American. They are seated together and the hostility is clearly obvious through their body language and lack of eye contact.
As the Titans continue to win, the town which they live in continues to improve their race relations. Unfortunately, the rest of society has to play catch up in regards to equality. There are a few techniques that Yakin used to show us the damage that racism can do.
Again, Boaz engages the audience with his music score in this scene. We understand the stakes and the tension mounts as we can only but witness the injustice of the referees actions and attitudes. The use of strings and the staccato use of them easily builds suspension and tension in the audience.
Actors Technique and Dialogue...
Coach Yoast really comes into his own in this scene
as we notice his loyalty spread to ALL members of
The Titans and not just those who are White. We see the personal sacrifice that he is willing to make in order to make sure that racial justice is finally done. His use of facial expressions and body language portray to us his frustration and outrage at the audacity of the "bigwigs" behind the sport.
This is important because...
Boaz Yakin used this music in order to reinforce the sadness and hurt that occured on that very ground. A tragedy that was caused by racism and easily avoided.
Coach Boone says...
This is important because...
Coach Boone is not just warning his team of making wrong decisions. Boaz Yakin uses this to create a social warning. If we continue to make the same mistakes, then how will things ever improve for our society. Equality is a necessity.
Through the use of a wide shot, the audience are able to see the many gravestones in the background. This reiterates the ultimate cost of racial discrimination. There are also some close up shots on both Boone, Yoast and team members.
Racism is also shown through camera techniques...
This is so we
can clearly see the impact of this speech on their faces. We in turn commiserate with them.
"This is where they fought the battle of Gettysburg. Fifty thousand men died right here on this field, fighting the same fight that we are still fighting among ourselves today."
"This green field right here, painted red, bubblin' with the blood of young boys. Smoke and hot lead pouring right through their bodies. Listen to their souls, men. I killed my brother with malice in my heart. Hatred destroyed my family. You listen, and you take a lesson from the dead. If we don't come together right now on this hallowed ground, we too will be destroyed, just like they were. I don't care if you like each other of not, but you will respect each other. And maybe... I don't know, maybe we'll learn to play this game like men."
We have long shots to show us that each race has their own bus and it's segregated. This shows us how much of a way of life segregation was back in the 60's and early 70's. When Boone is reordering his team on different buses there are mid shots so we can see Boone's passion about his decision with his facial features and hand gestures.
"Listen, I don't care if you're black, green, blue, white or orange...I want all of my defensive players over here and the players going out for offense over here...you, you, defensive bus, sit together...you, you offensive bus, sit together...and get comfortable too cos the person you are sitting with is the same person you will be rooming with for the duration of this camp...."
The situation becomes worse as we see Julius telling his team mate to quieten down and to not buy into the stereotypes of African Americans:
"Blue. Shut up. I don't want to see your smilin' and shuff in' and hear all your minstrel show singing on this bus."
He then tells Gary to shut up when he agrees with him. This shows the audience that both protagonist male leads are very similar...the only difference is their colour but unfortunately that's the only difference there needs to be
We, as the audience, are fully involved in the characters journey as we watch them break from life long traditions of segregation, misunderstanding and hatred to turn towards a community feel of understanding and support. This was accomplished through the sport of American Football. For this to be jeopardized by racism causes the audience to feel passionately about the Titans success, and justly so.
His use of dialogue is also very important as this allows the audience to see that he is finally going to take a stand against racial discrimination. Boaz used this as an inspiration to us to do the same...
"[to referee] You call this game fair, or I'm going to the papers. I don't care if I go down with you. But before God, I swear I'll see every last one of you thrown in jail."