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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
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
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
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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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.