Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
HBO Boss Says Issa Rae's Series Casting Now, Slightly Different in Tone from Web Series, Don't Expect Until 2016/2017 HBO Boss Says Issa Rae's Series Casting Now, Slightly Different in Tone from Web Series, Don't Expect Until 2016/2017 Nice! Lupita Nyong’o Will Star in Danai Gurira's Liberia Civil War Drama ''Eclipsed' Nice! Lupita Nyong’o Will Star in Danai Gurira's Liberia Civil War Drama ''Eclipsed' S&A Call for Films That Speak to the #BlackLivesMatter Movement - Cash Award for the Strongest S&A Call for Films That Speak to the #BlackLivesMatter Movement - Cash Award for the Strongest Watch Episode One of Controversial Caribbean-Set TV Series ‘Chee$e’ Watch Episode One of Controversial Caribbean-Set TV Series ‘Chee$e’ John Legend and His Get Lifted Production Company to Executive Produce WGN America's 'Underground' John Legend and His Get Lifted Production Company to Executive Produce WGN America's 'Underground' Marvel Hopes to Release a New Netflix Series Every 6 Months - Including 'Luke Cage' & 'The Defenders' of Course Marvel Hopes to Release a New Netflix Series Every 6 Months - Including 'Luke Cage' & 'The Defenders' of Course Queen Latifah Will Play Wiz and Mary J. Blige Is Evillene in NBC's Musical Production of 'The Wiz' Queen Latifah Will Play Wiz and Mary J. Blige Is Evillene in NBC's Musical Production of 'The Wiz' 'Shaft' Reboot Draws 'Black-ish' Creator Kenya Barris as Writer - Studio Aiming for Something More Comedic 'Shaft' Reboot Draws 'Black-ish' Creator Kenya Barris as Writer - Studio Aiming for Something More Comedic 5 Tips on Writing No-Budget/Low-Budget Feature Screenplays... Back (or Rather Black) By Popular Demand... 5 Tips on Writing No-Budget/Low-Budget Feature Screenplays... Back (or Rather Black) By Popular Demand... What's Wrong with Being Black and Chasing Your Hollywood Dream? What's Wrong with Being Black and Chasing Your Hollywood Dream? NBC Rethinks Broadcast Runs for New Summer Comedies, 'Mr. Robinson' & 'The Carmichael Show' NBC Rethinks Broadcast Runs for New Summer Comedies, 'Mr. Robinson' & 'The Carmichael Show' Here's the List of Films & TV Series Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix's Streaming Library in August Here's the List of Films & TV Series Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix's Streaming Library in August 'Key & Peele' Will End After Its Current Season 'Key & Peele' Will End After Its Current Season Check Out the Official Theatrical Trailer for Stanley Nelson’s 'The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution' Check Out the Official Theatrical Trailer for Stanley Nelson’s 'The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution' Starz Announces Return Date for Original Series 'Power' + New Key Art + Trailer Starz Announces Return Date for Original Series 'Power' + New Key Art + Trailer Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Buzzfeed Investigates Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Buzzfeed Investigates Third 'Best Man' Movie Gets a Title, an Official 2016 Release Date & A Most Unexpected Wedding Third 'Best Man' Movie Gets a Title, an Official 2016 Release Date & A Most Unexpected Wedding Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie...

Rare Screening Of 'Blue Collar' With Richard Pryor And Yaphet Kotto In Chicago Area

Shadow and Act By Sergio | Shadow and Act December 6, 2012 at 7:36PM

I've always believed that the sign of a great film is one is stays relevant in our time and will remain so matter when it was made. And that fits, without a doubt Paul Schrader's 1978 film Blue Collar
6
Blue Collar

I've always believed that the sign of a great film is one is stays relevant in our time and will remain so matter when it was made. And that fits, without a doubt Paul Schrader's 1978 film Blue Collar

It's the perfect example of the type of film that major studios don't even have the guts to make anymore. It's a powerful, searing and, yes, downbeat film perhaps more in tune today with what's going on in America and our greedy superficial culture than it was when it first came out.

I think it's Pryor's best film and his best performance and that's not taking anything anyway from hs co-stars Harvey Keitel and Yaphet Kotto. The film was directed by screenwriter Schrader, after making his mark with his script for Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver, but the making of the film was nightmare and a real baptism of fire for him.

The three lead actors dispised each other and Schrader. Things got so tense that once Pryor and Keitel got into a fist fight and another time Pryor hit Kotto over the head with a chair when he thought Kotto was upstaging him during a scene.

Schrader was, in fact, forced to shoot several scenes with the actors with just master shots only using no more than two takes because the actors would walk off after doing one or two takes refusing to came back to the set. so Schrader wasn't able to cover several scenes with any close ups.

Yet, in spite of those problems, it's an amazing film which tells what happens when three deep in debt auto workers, screwed over by the company, their union and life in general, conspire to break in and rob their union's office safe with for its collected union dues. It is, after all, their money.

However, what they find instead are ledger books detailing all the illegal payoffs and kickbacks their union has made to various people which results in them getting into more trouble that they ever imaged.

The film is blistering examination of the corruptive nature of captialism and how the 47 percenters (as Mitt you remember famously said)  get run over and chewed up by a system they don't completely understand and is beyond their control.

The film is rarely seen nowadays and it was once available on DVD, but not anymore unless you want to buy an used copy for $60 on Ebay. 

But if you're in the Chicago area and still around in March, the Studio Movie Grill theaters located at 301 Rice Lake Square in Wheaton Illinois in suburban Chicago will host a screening of the film as part of their  SMG Film Series on Weds March 6th starting at 7PM.

But here come the big surprise. The host for that evening to discuss the film and to lead a Q & A afterward is none other than the man who you ove to hate...ME!

That's right. You friend Sergio will be hosting the screening of Blue Collar that evening. I was approched about doing hosting a screening for the series and was asked to pick any film I wanted.  I selected Blue Collar and they were able to get it.

So I hope to see some of you there.

Here's the trailer:


Shadow & ActNewsletter