Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
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' 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' Richard T. Jones Is Checking Into 'American Horror Story: Hotel' Richard T. Jones Is Checking Into 'American Horror Story: Hotel' ATTN Writers & Producers: A+E & NYTVF Want You for Their Create360° Development program ATTN Writers & Producers: A+E & NYTVF Want You for Their Create360° Development program Review: 'Ant-Man' Pleasantly Surprised This Marvel Non-Enthusiast Review: 'Ant-Man' Pleasantly Surprised This Marvel Non-Enthusiast All of Spike Lee's Instagram Posts on 'Chi-raq' Compiled, as Filming Wraps All of Spike Lee's Instagram Posts on 'Chi-raq' Compiled, as Filming Wraps Bishop T.D. Jakes Is Joining the Daytime Talk Show Circuit Bishop T.D. Jakes Is Joining the Daytime Talk Show Circuit Marvel Should Consider These 5 Directors for its Black Panther Movie (Chime in with Yours) Marvel Should Consider These 5 Directors for its Black Panther Movie (Chime in with Yours) It Looks Like Falcon (Played by Anthony Mackie) Will Appear in 'Ant-Man' (Video) It Looks Like Falcon (Played by Anthony Mackie) Will Appear in 'Ant-Man' (Video) Marlon Wayans Wants to Know If a 'White Chicks' Sequel Is a Movie You'd Like to See. And If So... Marlon Wayans Wants to Know If a 'White Chicks' Sequel Is a Movie You'd Like to See. And If So... Video: Spike TV Releases New Look at Epic Summer Series 'Tut' Video: Spike TV Releases New Look at Epic Summer Series 'Tut' Watch Footage From Marlon Wayans' Richard Pryor Audition Tape Watch Footage From Marlon Wayans' Richard Pryor Audition Tape Regarding 'Song of the South' – The Film That Disney Doesn’t Want You to See Regarding 'Song of the South' – The Film That Disney Doesn’t Want You to See 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 The 1st Trailer for Aaron McGruder's New Adult Swim Series 'Black Jesus' Will Likely Ruffle a Few Feathers The 1st Trailer for Aaron McGruder's New Adult Swim Series 'Black Jesus' Will Likely Ruffle a Few Feathers My MoviePass Experience - What Works & What Could Be Improved (The Movie Theater Subscription Service) My MoviePass Experience - What Works & What Could Be Improved (The Movie Theater Subscription Service) Whoopi Goldberg & Daughter Alex Martin Enter Reality TV Series Ring Whoopi Goldberg & Daughter Alex Martin Enter Reality TV Series Ring The Respectability Politics of Lupita Nyong'o The Respectability Politics of Lupita Nyong'o 5 Netflix Streaming Titles You May Not Know Are Available & May Want To Check Out (7/26/13) 5 Netflix Streaming Titles You May Not Know Are Available & May Want To Check Out (7/26/13)

Special Screening Of Bill Duke’s 'A Rage In Harlem' At 20th Black Harvest Film Festival In Chicago w/ Director Q & A

Shadow and Act By Sergio | Shadow and Act July 15, 2014 at 11:41AM

Bill Duke's 1991 film 'A Rage in Harlem' will be screened at this year's Chicago Black Harvest Film Festival with a Q & A with the director.
0
A Rage in Harlem

In my recent piece about the film versions of Chester Himes' characters, NYPD detectives Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger H Jones (HERE), I mentioned that "A Rage in Harlem" would certainly be counted as one, even though Coffin Ed and Grave Digger are basically supporting characters and not the leads in the film.

Regardless, director Bill Duke’s 1991 film version of Himes’ novel is a wonderfully evocative and entertaining film that somehow hasn’t gotten the kind of fervent love and devotion that other black films have gotten from that period, such as, "Love Jones" (which is still a mystery to me).

For my money "Harlem" - about a gangster’s girlfriend (Robin Givens) who runs off to Harlem with a trunk load of gold that everyone is after, and a nerdy, sad sack (Forest Whitaker) who unwittingly finds himself involved with Givens, in over his head - is one of best black films made during the 1990’s. It's funny, exciting with some truly fascinating characters and wonderful period detail. And it really captures the strange, vibrant tone and style of Himes’s works.

So to introduce or (re-introduce, whatever the case may be) the film to audiences, there’s going to be a special screening of the film at this year’s Black Harvest Film Festival in Chicago, on Sunday August 24th, starting at 5:15PM, at the Gene Siskel Film center in downtown Chicago.

And even more special, the director himself, Bill Duke, will be present through Skype from Los Angeles, to discuss the film and take audience questions. It’s a film that he has said himself is very special to him, and I think is his best work as a director.

Here’s the trailer for the film:

This article is related to: Bill Duke


Shadow & ActNewsletter