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The films The Charge of the Light Brigade and The Wind and The Lion exemplify Great Power Imperialism in what is now known as the Third World These movies depict the images that the imperial powers and local people and elites held of each other In both films the imperial powers are portrayed honorable civilized and decent whereas the local people and elites are viewed to be dishonorable uncivilized barbarians The imperial powers view of the local people and elites is revealed through the condescending attitude shown to them as well as their traditions The local people and elites are treated as pawns on a chessboard willed to move by the whim of imperialism Also dealt with are the imperials views on the Great Power struggle for territorial acquisitions outside of Europe Yet despite their many cultural differences the local people and elites hold a similar view to the imperialists They see the imperial powers as being cowardly and manipulative and often we see the same imperial attitude brought out in the local elites These various perceptions and attitudes are illustrated in various scenes through the actions and reactions of the characters The imperial view is examined in two ways their perception of local people and elites and their perception of themselves Throughout both films there is the constant attitude that the imperial powers feel that the local people and elites exist to do the imperial bidding This mind-set is first seen in The Charge of the Light Brigade when the British military officials in a condescending manner inform Surat Khan that the Queen of England has revoked her monetary support Their expectation of diplomatic relationships to remain changeless illustrates their consideration only for the welfare of their state while remaining dismissive of the welfare of those beneath them Similarly in The Wind and The Lion the Americans expect the Bashaw of Tangier to force the Raisuli to hand over the American hostages Their
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