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Statues also Die (1953)

Les statues meurent aussi (original title)
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Jean Négroni Jean Négroni ... Récitant / Narrator (voice)
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A documentary of black art.

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

May 1953 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Akoma kai ta agalmata pethainoun See more »

Filming Locations:

Ouakam, Senegal

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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After its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, this short subject was withheld from commercial release on the grounds that it was "Anti-Colonial." See more »

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Récitant: When men die they enter into history. When statues die they enter into art. This botany of death is what we call culture.
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Botany of death we call culture
28 June 2019 | by politfilmSee all my reviews

The narrator says in the opening sequence: "When men die, they become history. Once statues die, they become art. This botany of death is what we call culture." This documentary makes an excellent analysis of the cold cruelty by which colonialism and imperialism destroyed the original art of Africa. They first enslaved and destroyed the civilization that created these objects and was able to comprehend them, they recognized only aesthetic properties of these artefacts, as if they exist only to entertain colonizers, transformed them into exotic souvenirs and further degraded them by turning them into mass produced commodities made to be sold on bazaars. Due to the harsh criticism of colonialism, the film was censored and almost the entire second half of the movie was banned. The full original version was publicly screened in France in 1968, fifteen years after it was made.


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