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Mahogany (1975)

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Tracy, an aspiring designer from the slums of Chicago puts herself through fashion school in the hopes of becoming one of the world's top designers. Her ambition leads her to Rome spurring ... See full summary »

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Tracy Chambers
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Brian Walker
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Sean McAvoy
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Christian Rosetti
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Florence
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Miss Evans
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Carlotta Gavina
Lenard Norris ...
Wil
Jerome Arnold ...
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Tracy, an aspiring designer from the slums of Chicago puts herself through fashion school in the hopes of becoming one of the world's top designers. Her ambition leads her to Rome spurring a choice between the man she loves or her newfound success. Written by Renee Ann Byrd <byrdie@wyrdbyrd.org>

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Success is nothing without someone you love to share it with

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25 March 1976 (Netherlands)  »

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Mahagoni  »

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Producer Berry Gordy fired original director Tony Richardson and then took over direction of the picture himself. See more »

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The final shot of the film (an overview of the crowd gathered to hear Brian's speech) shows Tracy rushing up to Brian and madly embracing him, but moments earlier they had already walked up to each other in the middle of that crowd and kissed. See more »

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Sean: My saints are a camera and a gun. They're both fiercely truthful.
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Referenced in The Story of Eloise (1976) See more »

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Trash-classic is more entertaining than most high-brow films
28 May 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Ghetto girl from Chicago wants to be a fashion designer, but her politician boyfriend wants her instead to help him take care of the unfortunates at home (which is more important, after all, than working with coat-hangers, but can't he see that a big salary from the Mrs. might be used to strengthen his campaign?). As good as Diana Ross was in "Lady Sings the Blues", I was restless with that film for a number of reasons (it followed the standard bio-flick pattern, it was heavy-handed and drab). However, "Mahogany" exists purely on adrenaline, and Ross is hyped-up, high on life, and her kicky fashion scenes are both entertaining and gaudy. The love story with Billy Dee Williams is relaxed, Anthony Perkins is loose and campy as a gay shutterbug who puts the moves on La Ross, and the decadent, glamorous surroundings are fun escapism. As for the finale, it is truly gauche...but at least it has the courage to follow through with its happily-ever-after convictions, even if the poverty-stricken crowds cheering at the end have no idea they're being condescended to. *** from ****


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