Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Video: Paris Black Night - A musical voyage

The film Paris Black Night (1990) takes you to the black night life of Paris in the Nineties. A film of French director Benny Malapa and co produced with Yves Billon. It's in French and not subtitled, but it's about music, dance and clubs, so if you don't speak French it's not a problem because you will feel the vibe anyway. 

Intro by Yves Billon

PARIS is the theatre of this musical voyage, even if at times one escapes from it for the anonymous suburbs. But a secret Paris of an ultramarine color, ignored by the official guides and noctambulants who stick to routine, consists of small African Islands, Caribbean, American, or the West Indies, made up of a thousand shattered places, short lived and vibrating, that those frequenting them enhance with exotism, not needing shoddy goods from their far away homelands.

BLACK is the dominating color of our actors, even if black is less the color of their skins than a state of mind, an art of living, or a sign of gratitude, a pulsion, the way they dress, laugh, dance, play music or listen to it. NIGHT is a privileged moment in our enquiries and wanderings in a «Black» Paris, delivered from the grey shadows and the inelegance of daily life.

The first film designed by Benny Malapa, co produced with Yves Billon as a producer who has reserved the lion's share of the credits. This is the beginning of a great adventure with hip hop and urban culture whose result remains to be written.


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