The Gene Siskel Film Center presents programming in the spirit of the Black Harvest Film Festival all year long!
La noire de…
1965, Ousmane Sembene, Senegal, 65 min. With Mbissine Thérèse Diop.
★★★★ "A complex and passionate intelligence is shaping the meaning in every scene...There are few endings in all of cinema as powerful and rich as this." — Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A masterpiece...One of those works of art that is at once powerfully of its moment and permanently contemporary." — A.O. Scott, The New York Times
Sembene's first feature made a profound impression at several international film festivals in 1966; the evolution of African cinema can be dated from that point. Filmed in a fresh, freewheeling style reminiscent of the early New Wave, it tells a direct, bitter story of exile and despair that never loses sight of its central theme: the myth of decolonization. The heroine, Diouana (Diop), is a Senegalese maid taken to the Riviera by her employers. It is only when she is out of Africa that she realizes what being an African now means: it means being a thing, no longer Diouana but "the black girl belonging to..." New 4K DCP digital restoration. In French with English subtitles. (MR)
1984, Albert Magnoli, USA, 111 min. With Prince, Apollonia Kotero.
"A time capsule of style and attitude. It does what musicals are supposed to do: It rides the underlying currents of its moment and renders them glorious." — Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
The late Artist's legacy is commemorated with this special birthday screening of his dazzling screen debut. Revolving around a young musician’s struggle to break away from an abusive father, the film showcases some of Prince's most exuberant songs (including "When Doves Cry," "Let's Go Crazy," and "Purple Rain") and fierce live-concert footage. Apollonia Kotero is ravishing as the romantic interest, and Morris Day provides lively comic rivalry. Prince won an Oscar for the music score. DCP digital. (Jim Dempsey)