The cesspool of colonial cinema: Coup de torchon by Bertrand Tavernier

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Abstract

Bertrand Tavernier's 1981 film Coup de torchon might be mistaken for a simple allegory of colonialism. If indeed Coup de torchon is an allegory of the colonial situation, then it is the allegory of colonial ideology itself. As the film exercises its Fanonian critique, it also challenges post-colonial cinema and represents a radical shift of responsibility: if post-colonial cinema only exists from the point of view of the (ex-)colonizer, can there be an African film by an African director that a European audience would not automatically absorb?

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