NOTHING BUT A MAN
Newly restored print!
- NOTHING BUT A MAN
- 1964, Michael Roemer, USA, 92 min.
- With Ivan Dixon, Abbey Lincoln
“Even better than I remembered it; the basic drama remains strong, but what's also surprising is how well the more subtle moments hold up, and how gifted the actors are.”
—Roger Ebert, Chicago-Sun Times
“Devastatingly powerful...one of the most sensitive films about black life ever made in this country.”
—Hal Hinson, The Washington Post
This pioneer American indie by writer-director Michael Roemer (THE PLOT AGAINST HARRY) and writer-cinematographer Robert M. Young (THE BALLAD OF GREGORIO CORTEZ) still ranks as one of the most authentic film portraits of black Southern life. A rebellious Alabama railroad worker (Dixon) struggles against the everyday humiliations of Southern racism and against the class prejudices of his own culture when he falls in love with a middle-class schoolteacher (Lincoln). Far ahead of its time in 1964, NOTHING BUT A MAN was rereleased in 1993 and 2012 (in a beautifully restored new print), both times to universal acclaim. An Artists Public Domain release of a Cinedigm/New Video film. Restored by the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation. 35mm. (MR)