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Old 04-01-2017, 11:29 AM
 
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Errrr.......I'm African.
So what? We are talking about a fictional story that takes place in 1912. Were you alive back then?
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Old 04-01-2017, 11:37 AM
 
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So what? We are talking about a fictional story that takes place in 1912.

That is what I was saying, and you disagreed with me. It's a work of fiction about a boy adopted by a gorilla that takes part in a fictional country written by an author who never visited the region, let alone the continent. I'm not sure what point you are trying to make.
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Old 04-01-2017, 12:49 PM
 
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Ridiculous. You are trying to be political and politically correct about a movie that is based on a fictional story.

Of course they are going to focus on the primitive parts of Africa because the story is about a boy being raised by gorillas in the wild. It couldn't have happened in a bustling city. Also, this was back in 1912, most of Africa, even the developed areas, were still dirt roads and huts.

Seriously, most of you are too caught up in political correctness and have all lost your senses.
I think one big problem with Tarzan was that for a long time it was the only media image of Africans.

So those movies became the dominate image of what Africans were like in the minds of many people. Had there been other movies made during that era(1940's-60's) that portrayed Africans more diversely and realistically then the affects of Tarzan on Africa's image would have been different.
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Old 04-01-2017, 01:14 PM
 
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That is what I was saying, and you disagreed with me. It's a work of fiction about a boy adopted by a gorilla that takes part in a fictional country written by an author who never visited the region, let alone the continent. I'm not sure what point you are trying to make.

The movies were not written by Edgar Rice Burroughs. In his books, Tarzan was NOT adopted by a gorilla, he was adopted by Kala, a female Great Ape. Have you actually read any of Burroughs' books?
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Old 04-01-2017, 01:39 PM
 
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As an African-American, I enjoyed the Tarzan movies. Jane, Boy, and Cheeta were all a hoot. And Johnny Weissmuller was an impressive hero.

But just like Superman and the Green Hornet, I recognized even as a child that this was fiction (suspension of disbelief and all that rot).

As an adult I see it as even more preposterous - and more than a little of a white ego trip, but still entertaining. A white man who thinks he is "King of the Jungle" that not really to much of a stretch is it? It would be interesting to see a series of Tarzan movies with the protagonist being of different races with stereotypes intact. What would we get?
  • An Asian King of the Beasts who can't drive his elephant straight?
  • A Hispanic Tarzan who spends all his time weeding the jungle?
  • A Black Lord of the Animals who can't find a loin cloth that is long enough?
Enjoy movies and other fiction, but be aware of what it is saying to your sub-conscience and filter that crap out.

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Old 04-01-2017, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Geneva, IL
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The movies were not written by Edgar Rice Burroughs. In his books, Tarzan was NOT adopted by a gorilla, he was adopted by Kala, a female Great Ape. Have you actually read any of Burroughs' books?

Seriously?
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Old 04-01-2017, 02:45 PM
 
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Seriously?

I'm not sure what you're questioning, but, yes, the Tarzan movies were not written by Edgar Rice Burroughs, and are actually rather loosely based on his characters. Yes, the books did draw a distinction between the Great Apes, who referred to themselves as Mangani, and gorillas, who were referred to as Bolgani.

And, yes, I'd seriously like to know if you've ever read ANYTHING by Burroughs.
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Old 04-01-2017, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Minnysoda
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Big list of movies SET in Africa doesn't mean shot there but I wonder how many were? (I didn't) through all of them. Interesting to note Hotel Rwanda was indeed shot in Rwanda....

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catego..._set_in_Africa
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Old 04-01-2017, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Minnysoda
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maybe this is move indicative of movies shot there?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_African_films
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Old 04-01-2017, 05:50 PM
 
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I'm not sure what you're questioning, but, yes, the Tarzan movies were not written by Edgar Rice Burroughs, and are actually rather loosely based on his characters. Yes, the books did draw a distinction between the Great Apes, who referred to themselves as Mangani, and gorillas, who were referred to as Bolgani.

And, yes, I'd seriously like to know if you've ever read ANYTHING by Burroughs.

I'd like "picking a fight about nothing" for $500 please Alex.
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