AMBASSADORS OF RACIAL BOUNDRIES
The Blues Brothers movie is based off of a Saturday Night Live skit. This is the second highest grossing film to come from SNL, second only to Wayne’s World. This is a 1980 comedy musical film written by Dan Aykroyd and John Landis and directed by John Landis features many stars. The two main ones are John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd who play Joliet “Jake” Blues and Elwood Blues. The opening act shows Jim Belushi getting out of the Joliet state prison in Illinois, picked up by his brother Dan Aykroyd and then jumping a draw bridged rising with an old Plymouth police car known as the “Bluesmobile”. On the way to see Sister Mary Stigmata at the St. Helen Orphanage where they were raised at; Elwood fills Jake in on what has been going on while he was in jail for the last three years. The Nun notifies them that the orphanage is going to be sold to the board of education unless they can come up with five thousand dollars. Now they receive their holly mission to raise the money in a legal way in order to redeem their selves and save the orphanage at the same time. Curtis (Cab Calloway) who works at the orphanage and started the blues brothers out on jazz and blues by singing to them when they were younger directs them to “Get to Church!” Curtis was, without a doubt, the “Father Figure” for the brothers while they were growing up. The role models you are surrounded with as a child does have a strong impact on who you become as an adult.
Now this dynamic duo arrives at the Triple Rock Baptist church which is a church that worships with dance and much emotion. Reverend Cleophus James (James Brown) is the pastor and proceeds to give the sermon. Divine light shines down through a stained glass window and illuminates John Bulishi. That is when he gets the revelation to get” The Band” together to generate the money needed. They get pulled over by an Illinois state trooper for speeding that initiates a car chase, Elwood assures Jake that everything will be fine because they are, “On a mission from God”. They of course Evade the police after driving through an entire shopping mall with many customers in it, and trashing it.
Sociology in The Blues Brothers The Blues Brothers is a movie with hilarious comedy and nonstop action. The two main characters are Jake and Elwood Blues. These brothers have consistently been in trouble with the law but find themselves searching for redemption. The quest begins when the Blues brothers set out to find and re-enlist the members of their old band. Unfortunately, for the Blues ...
Jake and Elwood make their way to the Cook County Assessor’s Office, barring doors and sabotaging an elevator on the way. This is where we see a cameo appearance by Steven Spielberg, the sandwich eating tax collector. Now they have completed the “Mission from god” so to speak, and are completely surrounded with an insane amount of state and local law enforcement, S.W.A.T. and Army. The final scene of the movie is Jake, Elwood and “The Band” is all in jail. They are all on stage singing “Jail House Rock” with a big wall sign in back of them reading “It’s never too late to mend.”
Jake and Elwood were raised in an Orphanage by white, strict, catholic females and one black jazz singer / maintenance man (Curtis).
I wish the movie could have included some flash back scenes of the brothers when they were children living in the Orphanage, which would have explained better how two white guys got to be so accustomed to listening to and playing Jazz / Blues. In the Eighties and prior this type of music was associated with black culture. At an early age the Blues brothers were surrounded by a mix of races, so logically speaking they are going to be more at home with people of different nationalities; more so than someone who had a one race upbringing. Therefore Jake and Elwood do not show any signs of being prejudice or racist anywhere in the movie. As a matter of fact the general population overacted to Jake and Elwood, much like people still today are uncomfortably aroused by black people. This was ground breaking stuff to show Whites and Blacks having friend like conversation as well as famous African American singers getting recognized in a movie. Still today in 2010 movies with mostly black actors do not get released in all theaters.
Final Exam The question of race and discrimination has been around a long time, dating back to the slave age. So the fact that it is still an issue today is no surprise at all. In fact, you might be able to say that race and discrimination is still around today but has changed over time. Why is it important to understand the question of race and discrimination? It is important because helps you be ...
They are actually showed to be disapproved of by law enforcement, Nazis, certain branches of the armed forces and country music bands in 1980. The writers did a great job of making them appear to have a “blues soul” in white skin. The Blues Brothers were so bad, with a mix of hard times and religion to help ease the suffering. They were accepted into a black community as being one of their own and trustworthy. The general population of prejudice white people with undertones of racism saw elements of shock and awe. This movie demonstrated an awakening of a colorblind life that is possible regardless of the skin color and hair type that god gave each one of us.