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Illusions (1982)

Illusions depicts a fictional 1940s Hollywood studio and defines film as a powerful historian, however, one that omits many cultures from its history. The protagonist Mignon Dupree ... See full synopsis »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lonette McKee ... Mignon Dupree
Rosanne Katon ... Esther
Ned Bellamy ... LL
Jack Rader
Jack Lundi Faust Jack Lundi Faust ... Janitor
Lisa Henke Lisa Henke ... Telephone Operator (as Lisa Phelps)
Laddy Ashley Laddy Ashley ... LL's Secretary
Rita Crafts Rita Crafts ... Louise
Sandy Brooke ... Blond Bombshell
Johnny Crear ... Lec Gaines
John Childers John Childers ... Sound Assistant
John MacBride John MacBride ... Sound Engineer
Gaye Kruger Gaye Kruger ... Musical Singer
Oliver Woodall Oliver Woodall ... Musical Dancer
Joseph T. McKenna Joseph T. McKenna ... Musical Dancer
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Illusions depicts a fictional 1940s Hollywood studio and defines film as a powerful historian, however, one that omits many cultures from its history. The protagonist Mignon Dupree expresses the need for "films that give the public situations and characters that they can recognize as part of their own lives." Illusions is a candidly self-aware film because it takes place in a fictional studio, and its characters discuss Hollywood's film production directly. The films title refers to the faults in cinemas portrayal of reality. Furthermore, Illusions also points to its own artificiality, identifying itself as a film object. Illusions features two invisible blacks: Mignon Dupree, invisible as an African American studio executive passing for white, and Esther Jeeter, as the invisible singer hired to dub the singing parts for white film star Leila Grant.

Self-reflexive films identify themselves as cinematic objects by calling attention to the filmmaking process. Using editing techniques ...

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 2011 (USA) See more »

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Rarely seen view of race and Hollywood
2 December 2000 | by monterosSee all my reviews

I was lucky to view this film in class with decent sound. From what I understand, most the sound is barely audible on most prints. Sad, because Illusions is an example of race that is not often seen in the media. One of the few other examples I can think of is Alex Haley's Queen, but that took place over a hundred years ago, whereas Illusions is slightly more modern (and therefore hits closer to home), having taken place during WW2. But the issue of "passing" for the majority is not something the majority often thinks about, and I feel that many of my classmates were quite surprised by this film. That's a good thing though.


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