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I, a Negro (1957)

Moi, un noir (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 1958 (France)
"I, a Negro" depicts young Nigerien immigrants who left their country to find work in the Ivory Coast, in the Treichville quarter of Abidjan, the capital. These immigrants live in squalor ... See full summary »

Director:

Jean Rouch

Writer:

Jean Rouch
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Credited cast:
Oumarou Ganda Oumarou Ganda ... Robinson (Narrator)
Gambi Gambi ... Dorothy Lamour
Petit Touré Petit Touré ... Eddie Constantine
Alassane Maiga Alassane Maiga ... Tarzan
Amadou Demba Amadou Demba ... Elite
Seydou Guede Seydou Guede ... Le facteur
Karidyo Faoudou Karidyo Faoudou ... Petit Jules
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean Rouch ... Narrator
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"I, a Negro" depicts young Nigerien immigrants who left their country to find work in the Ivory Coast, in the Treichville quarter of Abidjan, the capital. These immigrants live in squalor in Treichville, envious of the bordering quarters of The Plateau (the business and industrial district) and the old African quarter of Adjame. The film traces a week in these immigrants' lives, blurring the line between their characters' routines and their own. Every morning, Tarzan, Eddy Constantine and Edward G. Robinson seek work in Treichville in hopes of getting the 20 francs that a bowl of soup costs them. They perform menial jobs as dockers carrying sacks and handy labor shipping supplies to Europe. At night, they drink away their sorrows in bars while dreaming about their idealized lives as their "movie" alter-egos, alternatively as an FBI Agent, a womanizing bachelor, a successful boxer, and even able to stand up to the white colonialists that seduce away their women. These dream-like ...

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Hollywood movie figures referenced in the film are Edward G Robinson, Dorothy Lamour, Tarzan and Jane, and Marlon Brando.The French moviestar Eddie Constantine is also referenced. See more »

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the first?
17 October 2002 | by timhorsburghSee all my reviews

I was lent this film on video and was told that it was 'the first film of the French new wave', which is interesting because it's actually set in the ivory coast. It compensates its amateurish look and dubious acting through a very enjoyable and often amusing script and a relaxed yet intimate style. Revealing and engaging.


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Country:

France

Language:

Italian | French

Release Date:

1958 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Eu, um Negro See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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