"A Pryor Engagement," an 18-title survey of films featuring Richard Pryor, a comedian whose influence continues to loom over many others who followed in his wake (Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy, and Louis C.K. being only a few examples), screens at BAMcinématek in New York from February 8 through February 21. Pryor's politically astute and personally confessional humor, mining his painful struggles with drug addiction and complicated relationships with women, found expression in classic comedy albums as well as films with varying degrees of quality. Bam's series includes some of the more notable entries of Pryor's vast filmography (40 films), all in 35 millimeter, and all well worth catching on the big screen. As an added attraction, Monday through Thursday screenings are themed double features for single-admission...
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