MOI, UN NOIR

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  1. MOI, UN NOIR
  1. 1958, Jean Rouch, France, 72 min.
  2. With Oumarou Ganda, Gambi

“The best French film since the Liberation.”
—Jean-Luc Godard

A breakthrough film in Rouch’s exploration of “ethno-fiction,” MOI, UN NOIR centers on semi-employed migrant workers in the impoverished Treichville neighborhood of Abidjan, Ivory Coast. They call themselves Edward G. Robinson, Eddie Constantine, Tarzan, and Dorothy Lamour. “Robinson” provides a memorable voiceover commentary, and fantasy sequences juxtapose his dream life with the frustrations of his hardscrabble everyday existence.

Preceded by LES MAÎTRES FOUS (1954, 26 min.), Rouch’s most celebrated (and controversial) short film, in which African workers belonging to the Hauka cult enact a bizarre ritual in which they are possessed by the spirits their colonial masters. This unsettling film influenced Jean Genet’s play “The Blacks” and was used as a model for the actors in Peter Brook’s legendary production of “Marat/Sade.” Both in French with English subtitles. HDCAM video. (MR)

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