Monday, July 10, 2017

There Was a Time: Civil Rights Era-Hollywood Jul 26-Aug 3 at the Quad

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of In The Heat of the Night, this 16-film series surveys liberal Hollywood's efforts to engage with race during the civil rights era

Titles include: The Greatest starring Muhammed Ali, The Defiant Ones with Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier, and Claudine featuring an Oscar-nominated performance from Diahann Carroll all on 35mm, plus the New York premiere of 4K restoration of In The Heat of the Night

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of In the Heat of the Night (showing in a new 4K restoration) we take stock of liberal Hollywood’s by turns well-meaning, troubled, and admirable efforts to engage with the subject of race during and immediately following a decade when the struggle over civil rights brought America to a great moral and political crossroads. This 16-film survey takes us from Sidney Poitier and Tony Curtis handcuffed together in The Defiant Ones in 1958 to Muhammad Ali playing himself in The Greatest in 1977, and unavoidably centers on Poitier, a pivotal figure in Hollywood’s conversation about African-American social status and agency.
All the Young Men Hall Bartlett, 1960, 35mm
The Bedford Incident James B. Harris, 1965, 35mm
Claudine John Berry, 1974, 35mm
The Defiant Ones Stanley Kramer, 1958, 35mm
The Great White Hope Martin Ritt, 1970, 35mm
The Greatest Tom Gries, 1977, 35mm
In the Heat of the Night Norman Jewison, 1967, DCP
The Learning Tree Gordon Parks, 1969, 35mm
The Liberation of L. B. Jones William Wyler, 1969, 35mm
The Man Joseph Sargent, 1972, 16mm
The Organization Don Medford, 1971, 35mm
Pressure Point Hubert Cornfield, 1962, 35mm
A Raisin in the Sun Daniel Petrie, 1961, 35mm
They Call Me Mister Tibbs! Gordon Douglas, 1970, 16mm
To Kill a Mockingbird Robert Mulligan, 1962, DCP
Watermelon Man Melvin Van Peebles, 1970, 35mm

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