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Julie DASH

 USA1982 DramaBetaBlack and White34min

 

  • 10.20  10:30
  • 10.21  12:10

     

    This film is set during the WWII period. When rest of the world was ragged by war and conflicts, how can Hollywood manufacture the dream of democracy under a totalitarian regime?  Illusions' central figure is Mignon Duprée (Lonette McKee), a mid-level producer and project supervisor on a fictional Hollywood lot called National Studios in 1942. Few if any women of that time would have occupied a position like Mignon's, but her intelligence, diplomacy, and stern persistence quickly impress.

     

    The present day's task requires Mignon to oversee the re-looping of a musical whose soundtrack was poorly synchronized. Mignon encountered Ester Jeeter (Rosanne Katon), the young, gregarious, and unsophisticated session singer whom the studio has hired to salvage the number. Ester sings beautifully, utterly unconcerned with the political frissons surrounding her recruitment as an invisible black vocalist to redeem an all-white film. The encounter with Ester influenced Mignon deeply. Mignon knows what history people remember will be that on the silver screen. She want to use moving images as her weapon, to document stories that are untold by the Hollywood.

     

    In the 40s, the popular movies from Hollywood told the world the victory of democracy and romantic ideals of life. In fact, the stories of war heroes and patriotic warriors were part of the media propaganda during the war, indebt of building a national motto. This film revealed gender and race inequality in Hollywood. In 1982, Illusions was groundbreaking and it has been considered and critiqued decades since Dash made it among academic audiences.
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