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Renoir and Surrealist Paris in Black & White

January 17, 2013

Renoir and Surrealist Paris in Black & White

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.

Unless otherwise noted, all programs take place on Thursdays at 5:10 pm at the historic Michigan Theater, located at 603 E. Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor, and are free of charge and open to the public.

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