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46 Ratings


Directed by Julie Dash
United States, 1982
Drama, Short


Depicts a fictional 1940s Hollywood studio and defines film as a powerful historian, however, one that omits many cultures from its history.

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Illusions Directed by Julie Dash

Critics reviews

Dash ingeniously revives classic-Hollywood themes and styles in order to subject them to a sharp historical critique… Dash blends intimate portraiture with echoing reflections and multiple exposures that capture Hollywood’s harrowing game of multiple and hidden identities.
January 27, 2017
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Dash’s vision of this ideal woman who never was is not mere wish fulfillment, but rather a thought experiment: what conditions would allow her to exist, and what would her challenges be? Through Mignon’s voiceover, which seems to exist somewhere between the present and past, between an imagined listener and internal monologue, Dash lays out the invisible history behind Hollywood’s image-making while also offering an alternative approach to it: one that is inclusive, and not dutiful but dazzling.
February 09, 2016
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