Funny Valentine: Paris, Blackface, and Paramount’s Funny Face
September 15, 2015
Michelle Robinson, Assistant Professor of American Studies
Michelle Robinson will consider the significance of Paris for Hollywood films created in the Civil Rights era. This presentation discusses Paramount’s 1957 musical comedy Funny Face in relation to the work of fashion photographer Richard Avedon, the Arthur Freed-produced adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s The Subterraneans (1960)–which replaced Kerouac’s black and Cherokee female character with French actress Leslie Caron, and the Duke Ellington-scored Sidney Poitier-vehicle Paris Blues (1961). What does it mean to set a film in Paris?
TIME: 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
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Flyleaf Books: Location and Contact Info
752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd (Historic Airport Rd)
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