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Tamango (1958)

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A Dutch slave captain, on a voyage to Cuba, faces a revolt fomented by a newly captured African slave, Tamango. The slaves capture the captain's mistress, forcing a showdown.

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Credited cast:
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Captain John Reinker
Jean Servais ...
Doctor Corot
Alex Cressan ...
Tamango
Roger Hanin ...
1st Mate Bebe
Guy Mairesse ...
Werner
Clément Harari ...
Cook
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Doudou Babet ...
Chadi
Habib Benglia ...
Le chef noir
Karamoko Cisse ...
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S. Damiz
Eboué
Hassane Fall
René Hell
Samuel M'Bondi
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A Dutch slave captain, on a voyage to Cuba, faces a revolt fomented by a newly captured African slave, Tamango. The slaves capture the captain's mistress, forcing a showdown. Written by Bruce Cameron <dumarest@midcoast.com>

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The story they said could never be filmed! (Lobby cards). See more »

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24 January 1958 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Den sorte slavinde  »

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2.35 : 1
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At initial release, depiction of interracial romance caused the film to be banned in the United States and in the French colonies. See more »

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An interesting moment in film history
16 June 2014 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Arguably more interesting as a social document and a step forward in mainstreams films dealing with race, than as a drama.

On a slave ship carrying Africans from their homeland to slavery in the American south, a charismatic young warrior attempts to organize a revolt. Meanwhile, Dorothy Dandridge plays captain Curt Jurgens' mistress, featuring interracial kissing and sexuality at a time very few American films would go near the subject. Add in the complexity that Dandridge's subjugated Lucy is a far more empathetic figure than any white character, and that Tamango and his fellow captives are show to be in every way – morally, strategically as well as physically better than their white captors, and you have a film that was way ahead of it's time.

That said there is odd flat quality in the drama and less than thrilling acting and film-making that keep the actual story from living up to it's potential. But it's still pretty involving, and worth seeing at least as a part of films' maturing around racial issues.

Interestingly, blacklisted director John Berry, went on to direct another racially 'ahead of it's time' film; 1974's "Claudine", one of the first mainstream American films to try and intelligently deal with the struggles of poor urban African Americans without falling into exploitation, violence or cliché.


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