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April 21, 2023

At the Movies: In ‘Chevalier,' an erased figure gets a lush biopic

AP Film Writer

“Chevalier” opens in theaters this week with Kelvin Harrison Jr. in the title role.

Joseph Bologne, the Chevalier de Saint-Georges, was an extraordinarily accomplished man in Marie Antoinette's France. He was a scholar, a fencer, a virtuoso violinist and a famous and sought-after composer who wrote string quartets, symphonies and operas. His influence was vast, but he was all but erased from history books because Bologne was also Black, born in 1745 in the French colony of Guadeloupe to a wealthy French plantation owner and an enslaved Senegalese teenager.

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