The Gene Siskel Film Center presents programming in the spirit of the Black Harvest Film Festival all year long!
The Cool World
1963, Shirley Clarke, USA, 105 min. With Rony Clanton, Carl Lee.
- Tue, Mar 22nd 6:00pm
"A truly unmissable, unforgettable experience." — Keith Hennessey Brown, Eye for Film
"A REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE for a new era." — Cullen Gallagher, Hammer to Nail
Clarke’s second feature (following THE CONNECTION) was reputedly the first fiction feature to be shot entirely on location in Harlem, and it was way ahead of its time in its unsentimentalized and nonjudgmental view of ghetto life. A 14-year-old gang member needs fifty dollars so that he can buy a gun. Taking a cue from the excellent jazz score (Mel Waldron, Dizzy Gillespie, Yusef Lateef, et al.), Clarke enhances the simple plotline with a wealth of improvisational energy and observational detail. 16mm. (MR)
2012, Kim Nguyen, Canada, 90 min. With Rachel Mwanza, Mizinga Mwinga.
"Mesmerizing ... so cleareyed that it makes you wonder how much more irrational this world is than the so-called civilized one." – Stephen Holden, The New York Times
This Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film was frequently cited in reviews of last year’s similarly themed BEASTS OF NO NATION, with many preferring the earlier film’s subtler but no less powerful approach. The story is told through the eyes of an African village girl who is kidnapped by a guerilla army at age twelve and forced to serve as a child soldier. Director Nguyen, who devoted ten years to the film, effectively counterpoints the horrors of war with moments of genuine tenderness and hallucinatory beauty. In French with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)