Arts Blackface or Kissed by a Bottle of Spray-On Tan?
posted by June 28 at 13:40 PMon
A Mighty Heart is bombing at the box office, and it can’t do any better this coming week, with competition from Sicko in limited markets and Ratatouille and Live Free or Die Hard everywhere. But I’d submit that the distressing subject matter is but one reason filmgoers are staying away. The uncomfortable vision of Angelina Jolie moping around in adopted skin is another.
This article from the Washington Post last weekend is the best thing I’ve read on the legacy of mixed-race “brown”-face in cinema. A must if you can’t understand what all the fuss is about.
Incidentally, there’s a new book out about Oscar Micheaux, who’s mentioned in the article: The Great and Only Oscar Micheaux: The Life of America’s First Black Filmmaker. I just got it from the library.
And that great ’70s film by Charles Burnett, Killer of Sheep, is extending through next Thursday at Northwest Film Forum.