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Black Girl (Criterion Collection) (1966)
Format: Blu-ray Genre: Drama-Classics, Foreign-French
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Black Girl (Criterion Collection)

(1966)
Format: Blu-ray Genre: Drama-Classics, Foreign-French
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Black Girl (Criterion Collection)

Ousmane Sembene (Xala, Faat Kine) was one of the greatest and most groundbreaking filmmakers who ever lived, as well as the most internationally renowned African director of the twentieth century but his name deserves to be better known in the rest of the world. He made his feature debut in 1966 with the brilliant and stirring Black Girl. Sembene, who was also an acclaimed novelist in his native Senegal, transforms a deceptively simple plot about a young Senegalese woman who moves to France to work for a wealthy white couple and finds that life in their small apartment becomes a prison, both figuratively and literally into a complexly layered critique of the lingering colonialist mind-set of a supposedly post-colonial world. Featuring a moving central performance by M'Bissine Therese Diop, Black Girl is a harrowing human drama as well as a radical political statement and one of the essential films of the 1960s.

DISC FEATURES:

  • New 4K digital restoration, undertaken by The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project in collaboration with the Cineteca di Bologna, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • 4K restoration of the short film Borom sarret, director Ousmane Sembène’s acclaimed 1963 debut
  • New interviews with scholars Manthia Diawara and Samba Gadjigo
  • Excerpt from a 1966 broadcast of JT de 20h, featuring Sembène accepting the Prix Jean Vigo for Black Girl
  • New interview with actor M’Bissine Thérèse Diop
  • Sembène: The Making of African Cinema, a 1994 documentary about the filmmaker by Diawara and Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o
  • Alternate color sequence
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation

DETAILS:

  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Run Time: 59 minutes
  • Special Edition Blu-ray

PLUS: An essay by critic Ashley Clark

Studio: Criterion
Release Date: 1/24/2017
Item #: 1757451X
UPC #: 715515191913
Attributes: Special Edition, 4K Mastering, Restored, Widescreen
Product Type: Blu-ray
Rating: NR

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