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Illusions (1982)





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From the director of Daughters of the Dust and Four Women comes an award-winning drama about the reality behind the facade of WWII-era Hollywood. The film follows the story of a fictitious production studio and two African-American women in the film industry: Ester Jeeter, a singer who lends her voice to a white actress, and Mignon Dupree, a studio executive who appears to be white. Dash's film explores the struggles of these women to be recognized for who they are in the white-dominated Hollywood studio system of 1942, an industry that thrives on the art of illusion in every respect. Marcia Pally of the Village Voice praises, "[Illusions] cleverly uses film itself as a metaphor for the myths fostered by whites and men about Blacks and women." ~ Carrie Downes, Rovi


Lonette McKee
as Mignon Dupree
Rosanne Katon
as Esther Jeeter
Johnny Crear
as Lec Gaines
Lisa Phelps
as Telephone Operator
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All Critics (1) | Top Critics (1)

Dash blends intimate portraiture with echoing reflections and multiple exposures that capture Hollywood's harrowing game of multiple and hidden identities.

November 13, 2017 | Full Review…

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