It has always been a firm conviction of the family that any woman who sings, will die. Now, while a girl is in France she becomes an international star. She realises that sooner rather than... See full summary »
In pre-colonial times a peddler crossing the savanna discovers a child lying unconscious in the bush. When the boy comes to, he is mute and cannot explain who he is. The peddler leaves him ... See full summary »
In the last days of 1999, after a few shots of a French supermarket, abundant in food and color, we hear Dramane compose a letter home to his father in Mali whom he then visits in the ... See full summary »
Finye tackles the generation gap in post-colonial West Africa. Its heroine is the pot smoking daughter of a provincial military governor who falls in love with a fellow university student, the descendent of one of Mali's chiefs.
Producer/director Jules Dassin wanted to remake The Informer (1935) with an all-black cast, set in inner-city America. The original Liam O'Flaherty story was based on the Irish rebellion against the English in the early 1920s. Dassin felt it mirrored black-white relations in the US in the 1960s. See more »
I recall seeing Uptight when it came out. I was in high school. This was promoted very much like the Blaxploitation movies of the period, but it had much more substance and message. The plot line taken from the John Ford movie the Informer, adapts well to the political climate of the sixties for inner city African Americans. The cast was exceptional. Many like Ruby Dee, Raymond St. Jacques and Dick Anthony Williams came out of theater. These talents were important for this piece, as the movie is driven more by the the drama and conflict than action scenes. I was taken with the movie but I know that much of the nuance was lost on me because of my age at the time. I'd love to see it again. I believe that if it were found, a revival would have much appeal.
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