This paper discusses the film "Illusions" (1991), directed by Julie Dash, which depicts the unfair lives of African-Americans in the 1940s.
# 74774 | 1,035 words | 1 source | MLA | 2006
Published on Oct 24, 2006 in African-American Studies (1870-1950) , African-American Studies (Racism) , Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.)
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This paper explains that the most obvious accomplishment of the film "Illusions", for which it deserves praise, is exposing the racial discrimination that existed in Hollywood in the 1940s. The author points out that the protagonist Mignon Dupree, being of African-American origin, does not look black; however, she is forced to hide who she really is in order to hold on to her position as a director's assistant, which is not an easy thing to do. The paper examines other themes of this film such as (1) the structure of Hollywood sixty years ago, which relates the history of the United States, (2) gender discrimination in the workplace and (3) the concept of war.
From the Paper:"In addition to exposing racism, Illusions deserves praise for introducing the twenty-first-century audience to the structure of Hollywood in the 1940s. Although most people today know about prejudice that existed in everyday society at that time period, Illusions challenges the audience to consider the prejudice of Hollywood. Julie Dash clearly shows that, sixty years ago, African Americans did not play much of a role in the film industry and Mignon Dupree is determined to make a difference. During a phone conversation with her mother, Mignon reveals her determination, "Mama, if it doesn't happen here first in this industry, then I don't think it will happen at all.""
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