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Julien Gaertner

The Emir prefers blonds, the distancing of « Arabs » in French comedies (1973-1983)

Le Temps des médias n° 28, Printemps 2017, p. 48-60.

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From 1973 to 1983, French cinema discovered an irrepressible urge to film “Arabs” after having forgotten about them for two decades. While the first oil crisis plunged the national economy into a period of uncertainty, dozens of Emirs appeared on the big screen, notably princes of black gold with unsophisticated habits whose escapades threatened France’s destiny. From the Adventures of Rabbi Jacob to the movie The Emir prefers blonds, a new stage emerged in the history of cinematic depictions of “Arabs”.

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