Illusions and Realities in the Film Green Book From the Perspective of Ideology


  • Xiaoxuan Wang Guangdong University of Foreign studies



film, Green Book, ideology, Louis Althusser, popular culture


Film, from Louis Althusser’s standpoint, serves as one of the powerful ideology state apparatuses in the form of popular culture and mass media, to achieve the effect of interpellating the individuals as subjects, and constructing imaginary identity. This paper, based on specific theories on ideology, especially that of Althusser’s, tends to analyze the ideology issue in the Hollywood film Green Book (2018), including what kind of ideologies the film fabricates, how it fabricates them, and what kind of ideology such fabrication gives away. Through scrupulous exploration, this paper maintains that by narrating the reconciliation story between the American white and black, Green Book actually aims to disseminate to the audience specific ideologies in class, race and the American nation, in order to console the masses and dilute the social conflicts. Yet, besides the ideology desired by the film, there is “an ideology behind ideology” the film betrays.

Author Biography

Xiaoxuan Wang, Guangdong University of Foreign studies

Faculty of English Language and Culture


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