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Revisiting 'Scott Joplin' The Movie, Starring Billy Dee Williams (Or How Not To Make A Film About A Black Composer)

30 May 2014 7:39 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

With all our recent articles on this blog regarding films about black classical composers, such as Julius Eastman (Here), it immediately got me thinking about that 1977 Scott Joplin film starring Billy Dee Williams, with Margaret Avery, Clifton Davis and Art Carney. Never heard of it? That’s understandable. It sort of came and went without leaving any sort of impact at all. It was originally made as a TV movie by Universal and Motown for NBC, back in 1977, and it actually did get a limited theatrical release, though I can’t recall if it was before or after the TV broadcast. I don’t remember seeing it playing in any theaters that I can recall. What I do remember vividly »

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