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May 1995, Week 5


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Gloria Monti <[log in to unmask]>
Sun, 28 May 1995 11:50:29 -0400
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> Also significant to the representation of miscegenation is
> *1955's* LOVE IS A MANY SPLENDORED THING--featuring a
> romance between Eurasian Jennifer Jones and Caucasian
> William Holden.  It's interesting for several reasons--
> including the casting of Jones instead of an Asian actor--
        I thought the seach for interracial romance implied that one of
the characters would have biological ties to the race.  Otherwise,
interracial romances are depicted onscreen long before *Dinner.*
*Pinky,* (1949), Kazan, for example.  Except that the African-American
character is a European-American impersonating a Black woman.
        This is my chance to go public with my concerns about *Imitation
of Life* (1959), Sirk.  Susan Kohner, who plays Sarah Jane and engages in
an interracial romance with a European-American man, is not "white" as
many have claimed.  Her father was Czech and her mother Mexican.  I have
never encountered any depiction of Kohner as anything other than "white."
        Gloria Monti
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