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Blonde or brunette? Celluloid rivals fight it out at Paris exhibition

Since the early days of cinema, the color of a woman’s hair has played a strong role in how she is interpreted

By Emma Charlton  /  AFP, PARIS

“In Indian cinema, when two characters fall in love they cannot be shown kissing, so they convey emotion by showing the woman’s hair lifting in the breeze,” the curator said.

Bergala commissioned six filmmakers from around the world to produce short films for the exhibit, including one by Iran’s Abbas Kiarostami that closes the visit.

In the film, four-year-old Rebecca stares straight into the camera, all smiles with her chubby pink cheeks, bright green eyes and long chestnut plait.

But when told her lovely locks might have to be snipped off for the purpose of the plot, she falters, chin wavering and little face dropping as she understands the decision facing her.

It takes a few moments but Rebecca’s choice is clear: Forget making me a movie star — I’m keeping my hair.

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