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New on DVD: Digitally Remastered Version of Julie Dash’s ‘Illusions’ Starring Lonette McKee (On Race and Identity in 1940s Hollywood)

New on DVD: Digitally Remastered Version of Julie Dash's 'Illusions' Starring Lonette McKee (On Race and Identity in 1940s Hollywood)

Women Make Movies, a leading distributor of movies made by and about women, has announced a special re-release of the digitally remastered “Illusions,” Julie Dash’s acclaimed portrait of race and identity in 1940s Hollywood.

The film centers on Mignon Duprée (Lonette McKee), a Black woman studio executive who appears to be white and Ester Jeeter (Rosanne Katon), a Black woman who dubs the singing voice for a white Hollywood star. The drama follows Mignon’s dilemma, Ester’s struggle and the use of cinema in wartime Hollywood: three illusions in conflict with reality. 

Called “one of the most brilliant achievements in style and concept in recent American filmmaking” by Clyde Taylor at the Whitney Museum, the 1982 film was Dash’s first to receive widespread attention, predating 1991’s “Daughters of the Dust.” 

And now it can be yours! To rent or own the DVD, visit Women Make Movies HERE.

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