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Illusions (1982)

An African American woman rises to prominence in a fictional movie studio in the 1940s by passing as a white woman, affording others some dignity in the business that frequently portrayed movies as an illusion of a purely "white world".

Director:

Julie Dash

Writer:

Julie Dash
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lonette McKee ... Mignon Dupree
Rosanne Katon ... Esther Jeter
Ned Bellamy ... Lieutenant Bedford
Jack Rader ... C.J. Forrester
Jack Lundi Faust Jack Lundi Faust ... Janitor (as Fernando Lundi Faust)
Lisa Henke Lisa Henke ... Telephone Operator (as Lisa Phelps)
Laddy Ashley Laddy Ashley ... Lieutenant Bedford's Secretary
Rita Crafts Rita Crafts ... Louise
Sandy Brooke ... Blonde Bombshell
Johnny Crear ... Leo Gaines
John Childers John Childers ... Sound Assistant
John MacBride John MacBride ... Sound Engineer (as John McBride)
Gaye Kruger Gaye Kruger ... Musical Singer
Oliver Woodall Oliver Woodall ... Musical Dancer
Joseph T. McKenna Joseph T. McKenna ... Musical Dancer
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An African American woman rises to prominence in a fictional movie studio in the 1940s by passing as a white woman, affording others some dignity in the business that frequently portrayed movies as an illusion of a purely "white world".

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This film was the thesis submission from future director Dash, when she was still a student at the University of California in Los Angeles. See more »

Goofs

In the credit for Partial Funding the word Foundation is misspelled as "Fondation". See more »

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References Cleopatra (1934) 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 2011 (USA) See more »

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Ilusiones See more »

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