racechange: various blackface makeups

Blackface makeups

These are makeups where the character is intended to be seen as a white person in blackface rather than seen as a blackcharacter: the minstrel show or vaudeville, or a character in fancy-dress would be typical examples.

The movies

Manderlay (2005): In 1933, after leaving Dogville, Grace Margaret Mulligan sees a slave about to be punished in a property called Manderlay. Grace decides to stay with some gangsters in Manderlay and give notions of democracy to the slaves and to the white family. In one scene Grace Margaret forces the white family, including Philomena (Chloë Sevigny) to dress up in blackface and serve a meal to the puzzled slaves. The whole movie is a mess. Evelyne Byot was the key makeup artist.

King Kong (2005): The latest remake attempted to recreate the atmosphere of 1930s movies, including dancers in blackface when Kong is displayed in a New York vaudeville show. Peter King was hair and makeup designer.

My First Mister (2001): I have no idea why disaffected and much-pierced goth ‘J’ (Leelee Sobieski) turned up for tea in blackface, even though my kids used to eat olives the same way. Nina Kraft was key makeup artist; Robert Kurtzman was special makeup effects artist.

Belle Epoque (1992): In 1930s Spain before the Civil War, Luz (Penélope Cruz) attends a fiesta dressed as a ‘Moor’ complete with blackface makeup. Ana Lorena was the makeup artist.

Henry VIII and His Six Wives (1972): in one scene Anne Boleyn (Charlotte Rampling) attends a ball at court in blackface as a ‘Moor’. Eric Allwright was the makeup artist.