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Crash: Film Analysis and Educational Guide

Technical and Artistic Information

  • Director: Paul Haggis
  • Countries: USA and Germany
  • Year: 2004
  • Duration: 100 minutes
  • Genre: Drama
  • Cast: Includes Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, and others.


  • "Crash" follows the intertwining lives of various characters from different ethnic, origin, and social backgrounds in Los Angeles.
  • The film showcases their struggles with personal fears and prejudices as their lives intersect over 36 hours.


  • Oscars 2006: Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing
  • Nominations: Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Song

Film Structure

  • Non-classical narrative with eight parallel storylines.
  • Starts with a flashback and progresses through a fragmented, synchronous narrative.

Themes and Analysis

  • Central Theme: The intersection of lives in Los Angeles, highlighting issues of violence, racism, and societal tensions.
  • Implicit Meaning: The film uses symbolic elements and scenes to critique social issues like racism and violence.
  • Symptomatic Meaning: It interprets reality through a blend of ignorance and deep-seated prejudices.

Interpretation and Performance

  • Stories: Eight parallel and interrelated stories portraying the complexity of racism in the United States.
  • Key Focus: The film explores the gray area between good and bad, revealing human nature's volatility and moral ambiguity.

Educational Objectives

  • The guide aims to use the film for critical analysis, focusing on assertiveness, passivity, aggression, and moral decision-making.

Activities and Analysis

  • Activities include identifying storylines, character analysis, and exploring themes like personal relationships, moral decisions, and film language.

This guide serves as a comprehensive resource for analyzing "Crash" in an educational context, emphasizing the film's thematic depth and narrative complexity.