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Grand Illusion Cinema Mon, Feb 26 7:30 PM
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Film Info
Release Year:1974
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Format:4K DCP
Cast/Crew Info
Director:John Berry
Cast:Diahann Carroll
James Earl Jones
Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs
Tamu Blackwell
David Krüger
Screenwriter:Tina Pine
Lester Pine


50th anniversary!


Diahann Carroll is radiant in an unforgettable, Oscar-nominated performance as Claudine, a strong-willed single mother, raising six kids in Harlem, whose budding relationship with a gregarious garbage collector (an equally fantastic James Earl Jones) is stressed by the difficulty of getting by in an oppressive system. As directed by the formerly blacklisted leftist filmmaker John Berry, this romantic comedy with a social conscience deftly balances warm humor with a serious look at the myriad issues—from cycles of poverty to the indignities of the welfare system—that shape its characters’ realities. The result is an empathetic chronicle of both Black working-class struggle and Black joy, a bittersweet, bighearted celebration of family and community set to a sunny soul soundtrack composed by Curtis Mayfield and performed by Gladys Knight & the Pips.