Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Danny Glover's Toussaint L'Ouverture Film That Never Was, But Could Still Be & Other Films on the Haitian Revolutionary Danny Glover's Toussaint L'Ouverture Film That Never Was, But Could Still Be & Other Films on the Haitian Revolutionary 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 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...

S & A's Sergio To Host And Discuss Screening of 'Race' Film 'Broken Strings' in Feb.

Shadow and Act By Sergio | Shadow and Act January 15, 2013 at 5:52PM

That's right folks, little old me. But first, as you may recall, just a few days ago, I wote an item about The Black Cinema House in Chicago, a newly established screening space, in operation since this fall, devoted to the exhibition and discussion of independent and rarely seen black cinema in all its forms - HERE
4
Broken Strings

That's right folks, little old me. But first, as you may recall, just a few days ago, I wote an item about The Black Cinema House in Chicago, a newly established screening space, in operation since this fall, devoted to the exhibition and discussion of independent and rarely seen black cinema in all its forms - HERE

Among the films the House has screened recently were the groundbreaking experimental 1958 classic Cry of Jazz, which was introduced by Northwestern University professor Jacqueline Stewart, Richard Pryor's Jo Jo Dancer - Your Life Is Calling and the New York film collective Cinema Stereo.

And now moi will be introducing the 1940 "race" film, Broken Strings, starring and written by Clarence Muse, on Sunday Feb. 24, starting at 3PM.

Though most people automatically think of filmmaker Oscar Micheaux when it come to "race' films (independently made and distributed black films, made from the silent era to the late 1940's for the African-American audience), there were, in fact, many race film filmmakers, both white and black, aside from Micheaux. Unfortunately, many of these films have been lost to be perhaps never seen again.

Muse was, in effect, quite similar to his peer Paul Robeson, in that he was a true renaissance man. With a degree in international law, Muse was also an opera singer, a composer, a screenwriter and was the first black director of a Broadway play.

Unfortunately, of the over 150 films that he appeared in during his career, the last one being 1979's The Black Stallion at the age of 90, Muse was almost always reduced to playing stereotyped, buffoonish characters, usually in the role of a devoted slave, a horse groom or a servant.

Broken Strings was one of his rare opportunities to "call the shots" as it were. In the film, he wrote the lead role for himself - that of a classical violinist whose hands are severely damaged in a car accident. He is reduced to barely scraping by, giving violin lessons, However his son, who Muse intends to have him follow in his footsteps as a classical musician through harsh practice sessions, would rather play swing jazz music, which Muse thinks is the work of the devil. What he doesn't know is that his son is secretly playing in jazz clubs at night to earn the money for a career-saving operation for his father.

Though it's admitedly corny at times, Strings effectively deals the generational conflict between the older black generation who are striving for acceptance and to "uplift" the race, and the younger set who are more interested in discovering their own voice, free of the burden of white acceptance.

And on top of that, it's got one of the best last lines for any movie, period. And no I'm not going to tell you. You'll have to come and find out for yourself.

To find out more about the screening and to reserve a seat go HERE.


Shadow & ActNewsletter