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Was the art of film making developed with white skin in mind?

I've read that the art of film making was developed with white skin in mind. Are there articles or books that describe this bias in more detail? I remember reading somewhere that The Wire, having to film many scenes featuring only black people, developed techniques to film black skin more effectively. Is that true? Thank you.
posted by I made this account so Matt could have a $5 beer on Jul 22, 2015 - 9 answers

Regional dialects and vernaculars in fiction and television?

I'm curious as to how writers of fiction or television (specifically writers who are not from the depicted region or culture or economic class themselves) of shows like The Wire or Deadwood or The Sopranos, are able to write a wide range of dialects, vernaculars and idioms so successfully.* [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Buck Turgidson on Sep 8, 2014 - 9 answers

Would Cheese or Bodie have ever sat down with an accountant?

I'm curious about the theoretical tax situations of characters from The Wire. [more inside]
posted by COBRA! on Sep 29, 2011 - 14 answers

Brother Mouzone

WireFilter: What's the deal with Brother Mouzone? Accurate from-the-streets representation of idiosyncratic archetype, or straight caricature and relevant only as a plot device? [spoilers therein] [more inside]
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates on Jul 27, 2011 - 16 answers

Looking for the Usurper We Like.

Looking for examples and/or literary history of a trope that I'd refer to as the Villains' Satan. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Jul 1, 2011 - 17 answers

Why did 'Dog' lose?

"The Wire" Filter: How did Cheese's opponent cheat in the dogfight? [more inside]
posted by Stu-Pendous on May 9, 2011 - 6 answers

Baltimore to English dictionary?

What is Casualty Section as repeatedly referenced in the Wire? [more inside]
posted by Mitheral on Apr 11, 2011 - 7 answers

You cannot lose if you do not ask

My girlfriend is writing her masters thesis about the series The Wire from the standpoint of a social worker. I'm looking for good sources for her e.g. she told me about a professor who teaches The Wire in his classes (see: Slate article). [more inside]
posted by wolfr on Mar 15, 2011 - 12 answers

Last on to "The Wire" party!

I have just finished watching "The Wire" for the first time and I am looking through posts in the green and the blue about the show - and there's been a lot of discussion over the years! What are the absolute essential articles about the background and the making of the show that I shouldn't miss? [more inside]
posted by crossoverman on Sep 25, 2010 - 16 answers

The realism of The Wire Season 2

I'm currently in the process of rewatching The Wire for the third time, and there is something that has been bugging me about season two for a long time (there are no real spoilers in this question, btw). The second season is thematically all about "the death of the American blue-collar worker", in this case the stevedores working at Baltimore harbor. But this doesn't ring true to me. I mean, yes, American industrial production is plummeting in favor of countries with cheaper labor (like China), but doesn't that mean that the US has to import more stuff? And clearly it is. And most of those imports comes in by boat. So why isn't the harbor be prospering? [more inside]
posted by gkhan on Aug 3, 2010 - 31 answers

Hard work spotlights the character of people

In the penultimate episode of season two of The Wire why does [more inside]
posted by Mitheral on Jul 14, 2010 - 17 answers

Wire T-shirt design

Help me fine-tune this The Wire inspired t-shirt I'm design! [more inside]
posted by AceRock on Jun 13, 2010 - 12 answers

Bizarre use of typewriters by US cops in the 2000s

I started watching The Wire. The first episode depicts the Baltimore narcotics division spending much of their day writing paperwork on typewriters. When they make a mistake they use white-out. In 2002. What the hell? [more inside]
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on May 14, 2010 - 40 answers

Hubig's pies and black indian chiefs

What is the best blog out there annotating and providing context for understanding Tremé? [more inside]
posted by umbĂș on Apr 12, 2010 - 7 answers

Orlando and Kima, buying drugs from who?

In season 1, episode 10 of The Wire ("The Cost"), who is Orlando supposed to be buying the drugs from? (Probable spoilers within.) [more inside]
posted by afx237vi on Jan 31, 2010 - 7 answers

Help me watch The Wire.

Where can I find spoiler-free information on The Wire? Also (and related), should I watch the prequels ahead of time? [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit on Jan 18, 2010 - 31 answers

Did Did McNulty want to be on a boat?

I have a question about the character McNulty on The Wire, at the end of Season One. Spoiler ahead: [more inside]
posted by P.o.B. on Aug 2, 2009 - 23 answers

What does Valcheck say in Polish at the end of S2 of the wire?

What does Valcheck say in Polish in episode 12 of series 2 of The Wire? (Spoilers within) [more inside]
posted by emperor.seamus on Jul 28, 2009 - 10 answers

Wire time?

I am watching The Wire again, and wondering approximately how much time the entire show covers?
posted by Unioncat on Jun 1, 2009 - 9 answers

The Bug on the Wire?

On the TV show the Wire, they talk about "the bug". What disease are they referring to?
posted by oteric on Apr 11, 2009 - 11 answers

Looking for two songs featured on "The Wire"

Looking for two songs featured on "The Wire." The first is from the episode "Amsterdam," playing at Cutty's homecoming party. The second is from the episode where the Stanfield organization forces Bodie to buy product from them. Chris Partlow and Snoop approach Bodie and ask if he'll accept, then a car drives by and drops off the drugs. The song is playing in the car.
posted by JamesJD on Mar 12, 2009 - 6 answers

A gun by any other name

What were some of the slang terms used for guns on The Wire? From what i remember, bodie and poot (and the other corner kids) had an unusual slang term for the guns they hid in the wheelwells of cars. It wasn't strap, heat, piece, or nine. Any ideas?
posted by Oktober on Jan 7, 2009 - 13 answers

Who is Senator Clay Davis based on?

Who are the actual people Senator Clay Davis (a character in the HBO show The Wire) is based on? [more inside]
posted by 8699oriel on Nov 12, 2008 - 4 answers

The secret of Omar lies in this missheard line, oh indeed

The Wire, season 2, episode 6: What does Omar say to the prosecutor right before the theme song starts? [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo on Sep 23, 2008 - 11 answers

List of non-actors on The Wire?

Any fan of The Wire knows that the show features a lot of characters played by 'non-actors.' For example, ex-convict Snoop plays Snoop, Mello is played by the real Jay Landsman, the former mayor of Baltimore (Kurt Schmoke) popped up as a health commissioner during the Hamsterdam crisis, etc. Is there a list of every such 'non-actor' on The Wire? I did google, but didn't use the right terms, or somesuch.
posted by flibbertigibbet on Jul 2, 2008 - 13 answers

Help me understand jargon in "The Wire"

Where online can I find a list of vocabulary from "The Wire" and some plain-language definitions? [more inside]
posted by gwenzel on May 16, 2008 - 18 answers

What's up with Bug's dad?

I have a question about Season 4 of The Wire. Spoiler inside. [more inside]
posted by pasici on Apr 17, 2008 - 21 answers

Spot the stiff

So I'm way behind you guys on The Wire, watching DVD releases in the UK, but I having just seen the opening of Season 4 episode 2 I have a question. [more inside]
posted by handybitesize on Mar 25, 2008 - 8 answers

The Wire... what next?

The Wire's finished (wipes tear)... what do I watch/read/listen to, now ? [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Mar 10, 2008 - 35 answers

Quote about pointless struggle against insurmountable injustice

I am looking for a quote that I heard or read recently, something along the lines of "It is pointless to struggle against overwhelming injustice; it is worse not to struggle against it" or "You ask how it is that I can expend effort fighting against an unchangeable, unjust system? I ask how it is that you can live with not doing so." I'm looking for the exact quote, and the book or essay or what-have-you in which it originally appeared that I can read for some context. [more inside]
posted by mistersix on Jan 25, 2008 - 9 answers

Help Me Find a Missing David Simon Stream

I'm looking for the (apparently gone) stream of David Simon's performance of "My Nemesis" at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore. Can you help me find it? [more inside]
posted by djacobs on Jan 19, 2008 - 2 answers

How to convince someone to watch The Wire?

How do I convince someone to take the plunge, and make the commitment...to Watch THE WIRE? [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty on Oct 16, 2007 - 47 answers

The Wire locations

Where does HBO's The Wire film? [more inside]
posted by deadfather on Mar 15, 2007 - 12 answers

Theme song from The Wire, season 4?

Anyone know who does the theme song on this season's (season 4) The Wire? Damn it's good.
posted by xmutex on Nov 17, 2006 - 8 answers

mcnulty and kima fistfight in heaven

Is Baltimore really as much of a complete shithole as it's made out to be on The Wire?
posted by bingo on Sep 26, 2006 - 31 answers

Song from the Wire

At the end of the most recent episode of The Wire (episode 28- dead soldiers), what was the song they sang at the wake?
posted by drezdn on Oct 8, 2004 - 5 answers

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