Robert Osborne on Race and Hollywood

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne talks about TCM’s June special, "Race and Hollywood: Asian Images in Film," a 35-film retrospective with early depictions starring Anna May Wong to contemporary movies like "The Joy Luck Club."


Robert Osborne

Comments [11]

Dolores Kaczmarek from Elmwood Park, Il 60707

Mr. Osborne;
I watch TCM classic Movies daily. I am really
begging you to schedule the showing of Magnificent Obsession with Robert Taylor and Irene Dunne.
Robert Taylor became a star due to this movie
just as this movie made Rock Hudson a star in 1954.
Please also show The Conpirator with Robert Taylor and Elizabeth Taylor. This movie gave
her the first screen kiss.

I don't ever see them listed and I check every
day. Please make my wish come true
I'm an invalid and watch Tv all the time.
Thank you Mr. Osborne,
Dolores Kaczmarek

Jun. 28 2008 08:24 PM
David Hume

TCM is the best TV station. Get Robert Osborne back on with a better topic. Great guest, get him back soon.

Jun. 10 2008 01:53 PM from NYC

Ditto kj above (7). Leonard (the host) was just going to say sth. about Rush Hour 3 but didn't get a chance to elaborate. The truth is it's an awfully silly film with all the Asian stereotypes intact. Plus Chris Tucker's name got listed before Jackie Chan's (Chan's was the first in the previous two). The very talented Hiroyuki Sanada ("Twilight Samurai", etc.) got only limited airtime. Hollywood still has a long way to go in accurately portraying Asians on the big screen. Btw, this DVD ("The Slanted Screen"), fyi:

Jun. 10 2008 01:53 PM
Chris from NJ

The number of non-Italians portraying Italian-Americans is very high. Much worse is that the Italian-Americans characters are usually portrayed as dimwitted uneducated thugs.

Irish are usually stubborn drunks...


Jun. 10 2008 01:24 PM

The black character in Rush Hour is extremely demeaning. He is a stupid, ignorant, peevish child in a man's body.
I wonder if this character was created for the international market as much as for the American.

Jun. 10 2008 01:24 PM
veronica from manhattan

I love Robert Osborne on TCM!

Jun. 10 2008 01:23 PM
MichaelB from UWS of Manhattan

And now it's sort of come full circle, where roles are filled in a color-blind manner (but the subject is debated back and forth depending upon whose ox is gored, so-to-speak.)

Jun. 10 2008 01:18 PM
mh pacino (italian american) plays a cuban in scarface.
anthony quinn (mexican american) plays a greek in 'zorba the greek.'
lou diamond phillips (filipino american) plays richie valens (mexican american) in 'la bamba.'

Jun. 10 2008 01:18 PM
Lloyd from Manhattan

Did you see David Henry Hwang's play "Yellow Face"? An amusing look at whites playing Asians. Funny that all the Charlie Chans were played by white actors. But Keye Luke was the Americanized Number 1 Son. Gee, Pop!

Jun. 10 2008 01:13 PM
Chris from NJ

How about looking at depictions of Irish, Italian, Germans, Scandanavians etc. Or are they too white to worry about?

Jun. 10 2008 01:09 PM
wayne from nyc

I would like to point listeners to a book
by a previous guest Sheridan Prasso; "The Asian Mystique"

Jun. 10 2008 01:06 PM

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