EXCELLENCY FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: THE WHITE WASHING OF ALEXANDRE DUMAS

Observing the controversy over the casting of actor Gerard Depardieu, who darkened his skin to play His Excellency Alexandre Dumas, mixed-race French author of The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After, and The Vicomte de Bragelonne, in the new film L’autre Dumas, (The Other Dumas), recently screened at the Berlin Film Festival. Dumas, the grandson of a French nobleman and a Haitian slave, referred to himself as a negro. According to historian Claude Schopp, via the BBC, although his books were revered by his contemporaries, Dumas was often mocked for his color. “In caricatures or in sketches he was always presented with big lips, with Afro hair, as a sort of monster.”

His Excellency Alexandre Dumas as photographed by Nadar.Image via Wikipedia.

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