Fear & Loathing in Hollywood Villains as a reflection of the zeitgeist

Birth of a Nation (1915)
Birth of a Nation (2016)
Sherlock Jr. (1924)
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
Casablanca (1942)
Nazis are a villain trope which we frequently return to.
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
Dr. No (1962)
Rocky (1976) and Apocalypse Now (1979)
Wall Street (1987)
The 1980s also saw the emergence of films of identity crises and the character as their own worst enemy.
Films of the 1990s were reflective of history and of self as we moved into the new millennium.
An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
Fahrenheit 911 (2004)
2010s: Dystopian films are all the rage as we enter a new world and question the future ahead of us.


And by that, we mean not quick at all...

Where are the women? Where are the people of colour? Where is the LGBTQ representation?

Not only are they not featured as heroes in the biggest blockbusters of each generation, they are almost never featured as the villains unless it's in a racist/sexist/homophobic trope.

Can femme/PoC/LGBTQ heroes face political foes? Can they be political foes? Where do they fit into the zeitgeist?

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