Le Franc

Le Franc

Downloadable Video - 1944
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Le Franc uses the French government's 50% devaluation of the West African Franc (CFA) in 1994 and the resulting hardships as the basis for a whimsical commentary on using the lottery for survival. The hero of this tale is Marigo, a penniless musician living in a shanty town, relentlessly harassed by his formidable landlady. He survives only through dreams of playing is congoma (a kind of guitar) which has been confiscated in lieu of back rent. But winning the lottery changes his life. Played with slapstick gusto by the gangly, rubber-legged Dieye Ma Dieye, Marigo is both comic and poignant, a Senegalese Charlie Chaplin.
Publisher: [Senegal]: , California Newsreel (Firm) [distridutor], , [1944]
Copyright Date: ©1944
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (45 min. 58 sec.)) : sound, color


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