American History X
American History X
American History X was a 1998 drama film that strongly held ties to the white supremacist culture similar to the Ku Klux Klan (KKK). This Ku Klux Klan (KKK) paralleled film was directed by Tony Kaye and starred Edward Norton and Edward Furlone and the main cast. The story depicts two brothers who are driven to hate African Americans because of the murder of their father and therefore are drawn into the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) like Neo Nazi lifestyle. Derek, the older of the two brother. Further complicates things by brutally killing two black gang members as they attempt to break into his car and is therefore sentenced to three years prison for his hate crime classified as voluntary manslaughter. Danny his younger brother is highly influenced by the actions of his older brother and delves deep into the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) like underground society that exists. During Derek’s prison stay he is radically transformed and now is attempting to sway his brothers life path so that he does not end up like his older brother. The problem with this is that for his crimes Derek is glorified in the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) like behavior he has shown in the past. The film has strong racist undertones that strongly parallel with the teaching of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK). The film’s plot resolves itself in a positively introspective manner and then quickly does a 180 with a twist ending that will leave you absolutely awestruck.
The film was released in the United States on October 30, 1998 with an R rating due to its graphic depiction of brutal violence including rape, strong language, sexuality, and nudity. Despite these facts and the strong white supremacy undertones relating to the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) the film grossed over 23 million dollars in its lifetime. The film was highly praised by critics and even was awarded an Academy Award to Edward Norton for best actor. This film ranks as one of the most popular films of our time by IMBD ranking 37th most popular movie ever made. The film received an 83% positive rating on rotten tomatoes from a total of 72 critics worldwide. The success of this controversial film correlates heavily with the growth and success of during the history of the KKK Ku Klux Klan. The film was received with great positivity and has shaped the filmmaking of future years. One of the things that sets this film apart from others is its buildup of plot and empathy of the main characters which then curtails to a twist ending that highly contradicts everything that was build up throughout the hour long movie. Its controversial ties to the ideology of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) and other white supremicist groups added to the shock value of the plot of the movie and did a lot to accel this movie into the front runner it is today. Movies such as this are paramount to the success of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) and are often used as a recruiting tool for the Klan.
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