The Gene Siskel Film Center presents programming in the spirit of the Black Harvest Film Festival all year long!
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)
1948, Leo Hurwitz, USA, 64 min.
- Fri, May 20th 6:15pm
- Sun, May 22nd 3:00pm
- Mon, May 23rd 6:00pm
"One of the ten best documentaries of all time." – Richard Brody, The New Yorker
"The essential documentary of our moment ... every citizen has a chance, say rather a duty, to see a film whose force is undiminished today.” – David Bordwell
"An exploding flower of visual and formal beauty ... dares question the supposed utopia that followed World War II." – Ray Pride, Newcity
Suppressed, nearly forgotten, and recently restored to critical acclaim, this politically charged documentary emerged just as the dark night of McCarthyism was closing in. Veteran leftist filmmaker and future blacklistee Hurwitz (NATIVE LAND) sees the triumphant surface of postwar America undermined by fear and inequality, and the racist attitudes of the vanquished strangely resurgent in the land of the victors. A firm believer in the need to convey political content artfully, Hurwitz uses dynamic editing, punchy prose, and recurring audiovisual refrains to create a still potent and relevant work of activist cinema. New DCP digital restoration. (MR)