The two films: Far From Heaven and Freedom writers, have many similarities and differences in the types of films they are. Both these films share ideologies that were going on in a time period or location. The films both relate to issues like women, racism, and heterosexism. Freedom Writers is about a teacher who goes to teach in recently integrated school. The students at the school only care about their own kind and hate everyone else. The teacher has a hard time teaching them, and only truly understands what the students actually go through until a recent drive by occurs and the students start to tell her what goes on in their lives. Far From Heaven is a film about a married couple, Cathy and Frank who are perfect to society, but actually have many issues that no one knows about. Cathy’s husband Frank is homosexual but cannot admit to it because of how society sees homosexuals during that time. This causes many problems that Cathy cannot help resolve because she is a women and cannot stand up to her husband.
In Freedom Writers, The ideologies of racism are clearly shown in the film. In the classroom where Erin Gruwell teaches, the students sit in sections of what race they are. They hate any other race and refuse to associate with them. This shows the amount of racism that went on during this time period. Gruwell was a white teacher and did not understand why the students felt this way and did not realize how they felt until a recent drive by that occurred. She realized that the kids in her class did not even know why they hated each other, they just knew they were supposed to. The ideology of racism is shown through out the film and the director does a great job in showing the extent to what racism was in that time period. Another ideology that was shown in the film was sexism. Since Erin Gruwell was a woman, her husband did not think she could handle being in a class with interrogated students. The students often ridiculed Gruwell for being a women and unable to teach as well. This shows that people thought of men more capable and better qualified than women. There are many ideologies in this film that are successfully depicted by the director, Richard LaGravenese.
In the film, Far From Heaven the ideologies of sexism, heterosexism, and racism are clearly shown in the film. Cathy and Frank are seen as the perfect couple to all their friends and family, but in reality they are not even close. Cathy’s husband Frank is secretly homosexual and refuses to accept that he is. He eventually gets caught looking for guys to give him sexual favors and gets put into jail. Cathy continues to stay oblivious for a while but then eventually figures out Frank’s secret. Frank is unable to tell the truth about his sexuality because he is afraid what society will think of him. In this time period, homosexuals were not seen as men and were looked down upon. This shows what society was like during this time period. Sexism is shown when Cathy tries to comfort Frank and all he does is yell at her. She does not stick up for herself and takes the yelling from her husband because that is what she is supposed to do. If she were to stand up for herself, society would look down on her and she would be looked at as if she were an outsider. This shows how in this time period men were in control and women had little power to do anything. Women themselves thought they could not do anything to defend themselves. Racism is shown in the film when Cathy starts to hang out with her African American gardener. She starts to like him and starts to hang out with him. They both go to an art show together and they are given dirty looks and Cathy’s friends ask her about why she is being seen with an African American. Cathy knows that if anyone finds out about her and the gardener’s relationship she will be looked more down upon with the society. After people do find out abut Cathy and the gardener’s relationship, they start to harass the gardener and threaten him to stay away from Cathy. They call him names and try to hurt him just because he is an African American. This shows the amount of racism throughout the film. Heterosexism, Sexism, and racism are three ideologies that are clearly portrayed in the film.
Freedom Writers and Farm From Heaven both have ideologies throughout their film. They both have ideologies of racism and sexism but are shown in different ways. In Freedom Writers, the ideologies are shown through children in a classroom and different experiences that they were going through. Whereas, in Far From Heaven, the ideologies are shown through the life of an married couple living in a difficult time period. Both films are able to show their point and show how extreme these ideologies were during these time periods. When each ideology is shown it is interesting to see how they can be portrayed in so many ways and how there is so many things that could occur in each ideology. For example, in Freedom Writers, the racism is in a community where everyone of a different race just fought everyone else for no reason. However in Far From Heaven, racism was shown in a different way. They showed racism by targeting a man for one reason. This shows the different perspectives that directors have for these ideologies.
As you can see, the two films Far From Heaven and Freedom Writers are similar and different in many ways. Far From Heaven has the ideologies of racism, sexism, and heterosexism. Freedom Writers has the ideologies of racism and sexism. These ideologies overlap in the films but are shown in completely different ways. This is a clear example of how directors can have different views on how ideologies are presented in films.