This article explores French attitudes about race during and after the years of the National Front's breakthrough by looking at French films and film reviews on the topic of interracial couples. In a country in which antiracists have been reluctant to legitimize the concept of race by talking about it, but in which the far Right has made gains by proclaiming its own views on race, French film-makers in the 1980s and after broached the topic in numerous films, but they often did so in ways that avoided controversy or serious reflection on current French racism. French critics of both French and American films featuring interracial couples also sidestepped the most explosive issues, revealing a disinclination to discuss a troubling and divisive concept, but also a persistent belief that racism remained an American problem and obsession.
Black and White on the Silver Screen
Views of Interracial Romance in French Films and Reviews since the 1980s
Outrageous Flirtation, Repressed Flirtation, and the Gallic Singularity
Alexis de Tocqueville's Comparative Views on Women and Marriage in France and the United States
Jean Elisabeth Pedersen
Northern racism, and the difficult consequences for interracial couples. On the other hand, however, Beaumont devoted most of his attention in the text of Marie to these issues, while Tocqueville confined his attention to these topics almost entirely to