Title page for ETD etd-07252003-134129

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Gabor, Elena
Author's Email Address egabor@vt.edu, legabor@hotmail.com
URN etd-07252003-134129
Title The stereotype caravan: Assessment of stereotypes and ideology levels used to portray Gypsies in two European feature films
Degree Master of Arts
Department Communication Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Sewell, Edward H. Jr. Committee Chair
Prince, Stephen R. Committee Member
Waggenspack, Beth M. Committee Member
  • film
  • ideology
  • Roma
  • Gypsies
  • stereotypes
Date of Defense 2003-07-14
Availability unrestricted

The dominant ideology in Eastern Europe has kept and still keeps Roma people at the lowest level of society through a long list of negative stereotypes and active discrimination. Up to the end of the twentieth century, cinematography tended to portray Gypsies as an exotic element in romantic settings, avoiding social and political issues like poverty, discrimination and marginalization. The fall of communism marked a change, as more films dared to speak against the dominant ideology. This thesis examines the socio-cultural stereotypes used to portray the Gypsies and the levels of ideology present in two movies: Gadjo Dilo (Tony Gatlif, 1997, France) and Time of the Gypsies (Emir Kusturica, 1989, Yugoslavia).

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