Venus noire

Venus noire

Black venus

DVD - 2011 | French
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Saartjie Baartman, the "Hottentot Venus," a South African slave, was exhibited in public halls and theaters in London and Paris in the early 19th century. Due in part to her enormous posterior, she attracted the attention of French anatomists, who declared her the missing link between man and ape.

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Jane_Sm
Mar 10, 2015

Sordid, depressing, and far too long. The voyeurism of this movie is scarcely any less indecent than Saartje's original exploitation.

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Ron@Ottawa
Feb 16, 2015

At 160 minutes this is one long movie, and it could been shortened as some scenes are definitely too drawn out. It is 18 century Europe and a black woman from South Africa was transported first to London and than to Paris as the subject of some freak shows, all for monetary gain of the two perpetrators. The story was based on a true event, and for this reason it is a worthwhile watch. The depiction of 18 century London and Paris, with the settings and the costume, was well done too.

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erinsnest
Dec 14, 2014

Dec 13 2014....so, I didn't comment on this movie back in Sept when I watched it. From what I can remember, it was mesmerizing, and I agree, parts of it were hard to watch. Glad of the opportunity to see this though.

GreenDreams Feb 15, 2012

The director of this movie does a very good job of making the viewer uncomfortable with the content of this movie, which is exactly what we should feel in viewing this semi-historical story about white African and European ingrained racism of the early 19th century, and man's cruelty to one another.

The viewer is left with painful empathy for Saartjie (Sarah) Baartman, a Khoikhol (Hottentot) tribeswoman brought to Europe as a showpiece, and profit maker for her white South African "owner".

While sometimes difficult to watch, this movie challenges our cultural stereotypes about what is true dignity and self-awareness.

A *must-see*.

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sam2004
Mar 20, 2012

sam2004 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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