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Reel to Real

Reel to Real

Race, Class, and Sex at the Movies

bell hooks
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Movies matter - that is the message of Reel to Real, bell hooks' classic collection of essays on film. They matter on a personal level, providing us with unforgettable moments, even life-changing experiences and they can confront us, too, with the most profound social issues of race, sex and class. Here bell hooks - one of America's most celebrated and thrilling cultural critics - talks back to films that have moved and provoked her, from Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction to the work of Spike Lee. Including also her conversations with master filmmakers such as Charles Burnett and Julie Dash, Reel to Real is a must read for anyone who believes that movies are worth arguing about.


bell hooks (Gloria Jean Watkins, 1952-2021) was a pioneering feminist whose writings revealed how the specific life experiences of Black women were marginalized by the idea that feminism represented all women equally. A professor of English, African and Afro-American studies, American literature, and women's studies, she taught at the University of Southern California, Yale, Oberlin College, City College of New York, and Kentucky's Berea College, which established the bell hooks Institute for her work.

The author of more than thirty books of literary criticism, children's fiction, poetry, and autobiography, including Killing Rage: Ending RacismBone Black: Memories of GirlhoodWounds of Passion: A Writing Life, and Remembered Rapture: The Writer at Work, hooks was nominated for the NAACP Image Award, won an American Book Award, and was named one of Time's 100 Women of the Year in 2020.


  • Publisher: Routledge (September 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0415964806
  • ISBN-13: 9780415964807
  • Item Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.73 x 7.8 inches
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