Renoir, French Colonialism, and Surrealist Paris in Black and White (1927)

A short film directed by Renoir in the late twenties, right after he had discovered jazz, Sur un air de Charleston is a little masterpiece, albeit unknown, of the silent movie period.
In 2028 Paris, a mysterious African explorer lands with his aeroplane on Terra Incognita. There, he meets a beautiful young Parisian dancer, who eventually initiates him to the pleasures of Charleston: & surrealist paris
An essay in reverse anthropology, a burlesque and surrealist vaudeville, Sur un air de Charleston is a singular piece of art. A product of the roaring twenties, it can be construed as a critique of France’s racial context, then at the height of its colonial Empire. But it also has to be considered on the much broader scale of transatlantic cultural exchanges.
Thus, we start to envision some of the unsuspected links that irrigate and reconfigure the seemingly neat cartography of Western modernism. 
Two musicians, Olivier Thémines and Guillaume Hazebrouck, invite you with anthropologist Emmanuel Parent to discover this astonishing movie with a « ciné-concert/conference ». The movie, accompanied by a live original music, will be followed by a lecture and discussion on the question of race within the artistic context of 1920s France. 
Download video clip here; (scroll down for the clip):
Download a presentation here:

renoir,_and_surrealist_paris_in_black_and_white.pdf Renoir, and Surrealist Paris in Black and White.pdf  (533.92 Ko)

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With a group of BaTwa (pygmy) women potters, with whom we've worked to enhance production and sales of their wonderful pots - fantastic for cooking and serving. To see the 2 blogs on this work enter 'batwa pots' into the search engine located just above this picture. Blog entries throughout this site are about Africa, as well as about the Middle East and life in general - reflecting over 35 years of work and research in Africa and the Middle East – Come and join me!
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