Black Venus

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Black Venus

#1 Post by colinr0380 » Sat May 12, 2018 8:57 am

Arrow Video wrote:Between Couscous, winner of three César Awards, and the Cannes triumph of Blue Is the Warmest Colour, Abdellatif Kechiche made Black Venus, a stark portrait of the life of Saartjie Baartman, also known as the ‘Hottentot Venus’.

Baartman was taken from South African home as a 21-year-old and shipped to Georgian London, where she would be caged and exhibited as a freak show. Presented semi-nude, her physique – especially her large buttocks – was the source of much curiosity. But as her ‘fame’ spread, so too did her exploitation…

Centred on a remarkable performance by Cuban actor Yahima Torres as Baartman, Black Venus provides a bleak but barbed exploration of sex, science, race, colonialism and social attitudes.

Release date: 21/05/2018

Production Year: 2010 | Region Code: B | UK Rating: 15 | Running Time: 162 mins | Number of Discs: 1 | Language: French / English | Subtitles: English | Audio: 5.1 / 2.0 | Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 | Colour: Colour

High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Optional 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks
Optional English subtitles
Brand-new appreciation of Black Venus and the cinema of Abdellatif Kechiche by critic Neil Young
Theatrical trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring and original newly commissioned artwork by Peter Strain
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Will Higbee, author of Post-Beur Cinema: North African Émigré and Maghrebi-French Filmmaking in France Since 2000

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Re: Black Venus

#2 Post by greggster59 » Sat May 12, 2018 9:47 am

The trailer suggests there are quite a few parallel's between Black Venus and Lynch's Elephant Man with regards to the treatment of it's subject by society.

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