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Euzhan Palcy (writer)
Joseph Zobel (novel)
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21 September 1983 (France) See more »
Martinique, in the early 1930s. Young José and his grandmother live in a small village. Nearly everyone works cutting cane and barely earning a living... See more » | Add synopsis »
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7 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Directed by
Euzhan Palcy 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Euzhan Palcy  writer
Joseph Zobel  novel

Produced by
Michel Loulergue .... delegate producer
Jean-Luc Ormières .... executive producer
Alix Régis .... delegate producer
Original Music by
Groupe Malavoi 
Cinematography by
Dominique Chapuis 
Film Editing by
Marie-Josèphe Yoyotte 
Production Design by
Hoang Thanh At 
Costume Design by
Isabelle Filleul 
Makeup Department
Marie-France Vassel .... makeup artist
Production Management
Christine Renaud .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fred Runel .... assistant director
Sound Department
Pierre Befve .... sound
Yves Osmu .... sound
François Nadal .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Arthur Cloquet .... first assistant camera
Other crew
Marie-Christine Malbert .... publicist

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Also Known As:
"Rue cases nègres" - France (original title)
"Street of the Black Shacks" - USA (literal English title)
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103 min
Color (Fujicolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful, 7 December 2007
Author: rawatenator from USA

Few films capture the hope and desperation of a people. Even fewer can venture into the hearts and souls of their characters to reveal humanity. I have heard many stories, and seen many movies, but Sugar Cane Alley stands above many others, for it uses film as a canvas for emotions, realities, and dreams.

The actors in this movie glow. All of them from Jose to his grandmother to Medouze to the children of the plantation system. It is hard to picture these people in any other place: their voices, their actions, their feelings, the way they run, laugh, swim-it all seems to come naturally. It feels real and true.

The camera work furthers our understanding of the characters by juxtaposing the lush landscape of Martinque with the routine of plantation work. There will be times when the viewer will want to pause the film to look at a scene as one might view a painting, Sugar Cane Alley is a true motion picture. Every shot showcases perfectly balanced lighting and color.

Then there are social messages, messages that cannot be as well described as viewed, about justice, hope, opportunity, and determination.

I cannot rank a film I have seen higher than this one. It is simply a must-see.

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