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Illusions
A film by Julie Dash
1983, 34 minutes, BW, 16mm/DVD
Order No. W99306
The time is 1942, a year after Pearl Harbor; the place is National Studios, a fictitious Hollywood motion picture studio. Mignon Duprée, a Black woman studio executive who appears to be white and Ester Jeeter, an African American woman who is the singing voice for a white Hollywood star are forced to come to grips with a society that perpetuates false images as status quo. This highly-acclaimed drama by one of the leading African American women directors follows Mignon's dilemma, Ester's struggle and the use of cinema in wartime Hollywood: three illusions in conflict with reality.

From the director of the critically acclaimed DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST.


Also Available is "Four Women", Julie Dash's short, powerful dance film set to a ballad by Nina Simone. (Rental $30, VHS Sale $250 Order #96217)



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  • Maysles Cinema

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    “Illusion beats with a strong feminist heart: in the film Mignon Dupree learns to reject the Hollywood model but also to create her own.”
    Anne Christine D’Adesky
    The Guardian

    "One of the most brilliant achievements in style and concept in recent American filmmaking..."
    Clyde Taylor
    Guest Curator Whitney Museum of Art

    "Cleverly uses film itself as a metaphor for the myths fostered by whites and men about Blacks and women."
    Marcia Pally
    Village Voice

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