A short film directed by Renoir in the late twenties, Sur un air de Charleston is a little masterpiece. In 2028 Paris, a mysterious African explorer lands on Terra Incognita where he meets a beautiful young Parisian dancer who introduces him to the Charleston. At once surrealist and burlesque, the film is a critique of France’s racial attitudes, but it is also about the reach of transatlantic cultural exchange. Musicians Olivier Thémines and Guillaume Hazebrouck invite you to discover this astonishing movie with a ciné-concert featuring their live music, followed by a discussion on race, art and colonial history with Columbia Professor Brent Hayes Edwards.
Renoir and Surrealist Paris in Black & White
A U‑M 2013 MLK Symposium event, a part of the Understanding Race theme semester, and with support from the Department of Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation, the Department of Composition, the Department of Screen Arts & Cultures, and the Ann Arbor Film Festival.
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