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Maya Angelou's "Georgia, Georgia" Coming Soon On DVD

by Sergio
July 24, 2011 11:09 AM
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Undoubtedly one of the most obscure and rarely seen films from the 1970's is the 1972 film Georgia, Georgia. The low budget film, which was based on an original screenplay by Maya Angelou is often mistakingly credited as also being directed by her too.

It was directed by Swedish director Stig Bjorkman and it was presented at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1973 as well. But nevertheless, unless I'm mistaken, it is possibly the first feature film to be written by a black female screenwriter.

The film did get an American release through Cinerama Releasing which was a major studio at the time, but it quickly faded from sight.

The film deals with a American singer (played by Diana Sands in one of her last roles before her untimely death in 1973 at the age of 39) who's in Stockholm to perform at a concert, but falls in love with a white Vietnam war deserter played by Dirk Benedict (who of course would later go on TV's The A Team with Mr T)

My memories are fuzzy about the film, since I haven't seen it in centuries, but I do seem to recall that it's a rather odd film with a sudden twist ending that frankly didn't make much sense to me and probably still won't. But I would sure love to take a look at it again.

But finally we'll all get a chance to see it since the specially DVD label Scorpion Releasing, which specializes in cult and rare in demand films from the 60's and 70's, announced that it will soon release Georgia, Georgia for the first time on DVD. Though as yet it has not been announced to when that release date will be. But you can take a look at some clips from the film below.


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6 Comments

  • steve ryfle | June 1, 2012 6:58 PMReply

    To my knowledge, the June 26, 2012 street date for this DVD as listed at Amazon.com is not accurate, though the film WILL be coming out at some point. It includes an audio commentary by director Stig Bjorkman and co-star Dirk Benedict, moderated by yours truly. We tried to get Ms. Angelou involved, but she didn't respond to our queries. By the way, there were at least two prior African-American female screenwriters. Lorraine Hansberry wrote the adaptation of A RAISIN IN THE SUN and Ruby Dee had a co-writing credit on UP TIGHT. However, to the best of my knowledge, this is the first original screenplay by an African-American woman.

  • jaceton | July 26, 2011 3:02 AMReply

    I've been looking for this ever since Fox Movie Channel showed another and very good MA movie "sister, sister"

  • JMac | July 25, 2011 1:20 AMReply

    Damn, another movie to watch. Diana Sands is soooo beautiful. I think I only saw her in I Spy. Had to wiki and imdb her. She did a lot despite her shortened life. That's at least some consolation.

    TV One should show re-runs of Julia. If they can play That's My Mama, this show should do well esp. on slow Sunday afternoons.

  • Zeus | July 24, 2011 12:23 PMReply

    Very interesting.

    Maya Angelou was not a fan of this film. She said once in an interview that she thought it was a "grotesque" misrepresentation of her script.

  • Shanea | July 24, 2011 11:35 AMReply

    Thank you so much for posting this! I have been looking for this film for years. I love the late great Diana Sands-- a remarkable talent gone too soon. Hearing that this is finally coming to DVD-- just made my day : )

  • MiddleMyatt | July 24, 2011 11:30 AMReply

    Ok, see, posts like this one -- that keep us apprised of new releases of rare gems like "Georgia, Georgia" -- it's exactly why Shadow and Act is such an Amazing site! Thanks so much -- for this -- and everything else! (I'm gonna an eye open for "Georgia, Georgia" too.)

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