Is it the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington that's creating this glut of amazing black-interest movies? What is a girl to do?!
I don't usually do lists but here goes. This weekend includes:
LES SAIGNANTES (2005) @ Spectacle tonight. If you like experimentation, African films, sci-fi, self-relfexive film, political films, gorgeous films, comedy etc. then you have to check out Bekolo.
(ha ha ha I'm not really a racist! It's just acting!)
Odds Against Tomorrow (1959) Harry Belafonte. Robert. Ryan. Shelly Winters And Gloria Grahame? AND it's shot in noirish Hudson, NY? Best seen big screen @ BAM Friday. Robert Ryan's right up there in Richard Widmark territory being all racist and RR/RW (ie. hot and crazy) scary! A beautiful B&W film directed by Robert Wise and produced by Belefonte's production company, HarBel. Jazz score by John Lewis.
They're K I L L I N G it at BAM with A Time for Burning: Cinema of the Civil Rights Movement. I've really got to catch up with the blog and I'm full of regret at everything I've missed! The combining of docs and features is fantastic and I love that they're going outside the box genre-wise by showing Hershell Gordon Lewis' 2000 MANIACS! (1964).
I've never seen it but have definitely heard of it so I'm gonna put my gore-guard on and check it out tomorrow. Look for more as I restart Ina's Horror Blog. Lovely "Nothing But A Man" (1963) plays this weekend as well.
(Sing it with Bobby Womack:)ACROSS 110TH STREET (1972) d.Barry Shear, @ AMMI in FUN CITY programmed by J.Hoberman.
I loves this movie--it's one of my favorite blaxploitation flicks--it uplifts the genre! And it's got my boyfriend, mean, sweaty and insecure mafioso Tony Franciosa. Oh yeah, GoodcopBadcops Anthony Quinn and Yaphet Cotto and grrrr-owly villain Richard Ward are all in it too!
Spoiler alert: this is the best scene it the film and I wrote a lot of papers about it! Watch as Doc Ward "Punks" Franciosa's Nick di Salvo. Laughter and scenery chewing ensues:
So Much Tenderness...I read in Shadow & Act that Fassbinder stalwart, Günter Kaufmann, died a few days ago. Weird that there was so little coverage of the story. The son of an African-American serviceman and a German mother, he acted in over 27 films primarily in Germany begininng in the 70s as a member of the Fassbinder "stable".
Below is a clip from The American Soldier (1970) now one of my favorite RWF films but when I first saw it I slept through most of it's short, confusing 80 minute running time. But I did awaken for a finale that was so strange (and beautiful) I was convinced I was still asleep and dreaming! The odd and, I think, lovely song that accompanies the scene lingers. It's sung by Kaufmann.
Alert: If you haven't seen the movie this scene is a spoiler..sort of!
The American Soldier (1970) d. Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Below is a clip of the opening shots of Husbands, my favorite Cassavetes film. Now all three fellas are gone and it seems like the end of an era. Or the end of something. I love this LIFE cover but it makes me sad. And happy. That it makes me sad. Because all three worked so hard to make us feel...
Husbands (1970) d. John Cassevetes
“He just buried us!”
The Dick Cavett Showw/ John Cassavetes, Peter Falkand Ben Gazzara
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 has opened at The IFC Center and Lincoln Plaza Cinema!
I was so moved by this film when I saw it at New Director's this year. I talked about it all the time and had planned an epic post for this blog. But then I was given the happy opportunity to write a review for Film Comment Magazine!