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Passing Through (1977)

A jazz musician joins a revolution upon his release from prison.


Larry Clark


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nathaniel Taylor ... Warmack
Clarence Muse
Pamela Jones Pamela Jones ... Maya (as Pamela B. Jones)
Johnny Weathers Johnny Weathers ... Brimmer
Della Thomas Della Thomas ... Carmen
Bob Ogburn Bob Ogburn ... Skeeter
Sherryl Thompson Sherryl Thompson ... Trixie
Mnako Cumbuka Mnako Cumbuka ... Ajaes
George Kramer George Kramer ... Turner
Cora Lee Day ... Oshun (as Cora Day)
C. Betheny Jenkins C. Betheny Jenkins ... Esaj
Horace Tapscott Horace Tapscott ... Horace
David Lehman David Lehman ... Claude
Marla Gibbs ... Secretary
Kerry Jackson Kerry Jackson ... C.B.


A jazz musician joins a revolution upon his release from prison.

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Mypheduh Films, Inc.





Release Date:

2 July 1996 (USA) See more »


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$13,000 (estimated)
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An artistic document of a struggle, a people and a music
14 December 2011 | by JoshuaDysartSee all my reviews

This is a study of music as cultural identity, and of the black struggle, dressed up in the lazy guise of a blaxploitation flick (really it's more of a jazzsploitation flick). The narrative is contrived and the story wandering. But that's not really what this is about.

This is about Jazz. And the presentation of jazz as a cinematic language in this movie is breathtaking. On every technical front this film is stunning. The art direction, photography, editing, sound mixing and overall directorial vision are astounding, especially considering the budget ($13,000+).

It's packed with images and music that take your breath away. No other film that I've ever seen captures the power of jazz and its role in the African American fight for equality like this film does. To think that this was Larry Clark's UCLA thesis is just mind-blowing.

It's sad that we only have three films from him. This movie is really more of an artistic document of a movement, a people, and a music than it is a movie, but as such, it's spectacular.

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