Colonial Cinema and Imperial France, 1919--1939: White Blind Spots, Male Fantasies, Settler Myths


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North Africa has captured the French imagination for centuries and shaped it in ways the French themselves have yet to acknowledge. The advent of cinema allowed artists and propagandists alike to exploit a new medium in their romanticized depictions of France's imperial mission in Algeria and Morocco. The films of the 1920s expressed a cautious optimism about the prospect of co-operation between Europeans and Muslims - with Europeans dominant. By the 1930s, however, attitudes toward indigenous North Africans had hardened. ...

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