And when the stars of “Focus” lock lips on screen, it’s hardly the cultural milestone it was in 1968 when Captain Kirk kissed Lt.
Uhura on “Star Trek” — the first time a mixed-race couple got frisky on national TV.
Based on the life of actor Chazz Palminteri and adapted from his stage play of the same name, the movie introduces the audience to Calogero, a young Italian-American man, who falls in love with Jane, an African-American girl.
Set in 1960s Brooklyn, the story is one in which race plays a huge factor in keeping this couple apart - despite their natural attraction to each other.
For her dissertation she looked at more than 600 films.
“When the female is Asian, the portrayal is generally positive,” Ramoutar notes. They are much more likely to get killed.” Some movies featuring interracial couples are light and breezy comedies.
marriages between people of different races and ethnicities are on the uptick, but that’s rarely reflected on the big screen.
“People who make movies don’t want to be accused of making a deliberate statement,” says Paul Levinson, a professor of media studies at Fordham.For this list, we’re taking a look at big screen couples from different cultural or ethnic backgrounds that came together despite opposition.It’s not that common to see a pairing of an African American man and an Indian woman on-screen, but that’s exactly what we get in this underrated romantic drama.But the majority of movie producers are still white men, and so the prevalence of interracial couples remains low.“It looked more hopeful in 1967 than it does at the moment,” says Ramoutar.