1994, Spike Lee, USA, 114 min.
With Alfre Woodard, Delroy Lindo, Zelda Harris
- Thu, Aug 29th 6:30pm
One of several 1990s Spike Lee masterpieces unfairly overshadowed by DO THE RIGHT THING, CROOKLYN is the director's warmest, most purely entertaining film. Co-written by sibs Joie, Spike, and Cinqué Lee, the episodic, autobiographical narrative centers on 9-year-old Troy (Harris), the only girl in a family of five children with an overworked, tough-love mom (Woodard) and an underemployed, indulgent dad (Lindo). In contrast to the racial powder keg of DO THE RIGHT THING, CROOKLYN's Brooklyn is a mostly idyllic realm of street games, vintage TV shows, and golden oldies. The chief problems facing the characters are not social but personal, including the father's unsuccessful music career, the mother's struggle with a life-threatening illness, and Troy's enforced stay with bourgie relatives in a Maryland suburb (notoriously rendered in squeezed CinemaScope). 35mm. (MR)
Screenwriter/actor Joie Lee and actor Zelda Harris are scheduled to appear for audience discussion.
After the show, all ticket-holders are invited to a reception sponsored by the Chicago Reader in our Gallery/Café. No free passes, blue tickets, or Black Harvest festival passes will be valid for this screening.