Kelvin Harrison Jr. is sensational in this new film inspired by the hidden history of African-French composer Joseph Bologne.
Director: Stephen Williams
With Kelvin Harrison Jr., Samara Weaving, Lucy Boynton, Ronkẹ Adékoluẹjo
USA 2022. 108min Digital
Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures
In 18th century France, the illegitimate son of an enslaved Senegalese woman and a French plantation owner, Joseph Bologne rises to improbable heights in French society as a celebrated violinist-composer and fencer. He forges a close friendship with Queen Marie Antoinette who appoints him Chevalier de Saint-Georges. However, her support wavers when he attempts to become the head of the Paris Opera, and becomes enamoured with a married woman. This much-needed biopic of an incredible Black virtuoso cruelly erased from history, is a gorgeous, sprawling period piece with sumptuous costumes, sweeping camera-work, and swooning romance. It thrillingly captures the high drama of Joseph Bologne’s life, and the simultaneous crumbling of the decadent, ill-fated French monarchy.
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