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Passing Strange 

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A young black artist leaves his Los Angeles digs and travels to Europe to find himself. A theatrical stage production of the original Broadway musical.

Director:

Spike Lee

Writer:

Stew (book)
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
De'Adre Aziza ... Edwina / Marianna / Sudabey
Daniel Breaker ... Youth
Eisa Davis ... Mother
Colman Domingo ... Mr.Franklin / Joop / Mr. Venus
Chad Goodridge ... Rev. Jones / Terry / Christophe / Hugo
Rebecca Naomi Jones ... Sherry / Renata / Desi
Karen Pittman ... Mom - Understudy
Stew Stew ... Narrator
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A young black artist leaves his Los Angeles digs and travels to Europe to find himself. A theatrical stage production of the original Broadway musical.

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Plot Keywords:

guitar | theater | band | rock 'n' roll | See All (4) »

Genres:

Drama | Musical

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Normally during the song "Amsterdam" Colman Domingo as Joop remarks that the European lifestyle "makes Berkeley look like the Bible Belt" but for this special performance he replaces Berkeley with Spike Lee who directed this film. See more »

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Is it all right?
30 August 2009 | by shawnyboy90See all my reviews

The answer is most certainly Yes!

Passing Strange is a rock concert, a play, a musical, a movie, a fable, real life. There is so much completely appropriate about how this is portrayed. Completely understanding of the same struggle and questions so many "artists"(including myself) go through combined with the stubborn ignorance of youth(including myself), this is a show that is so much more than a show. It's a feeling, a truth, an epiphany, a love letter, an explanation, a question. To categorize it into one single thing would be a disservice to this piece of art. Many people may not empathize with it, and that's fine because many people do not go through these feelings the same, but there is a vast group of people who this show will hit home to. Spike Lee did a flawless job in maintaining the values of a stage production while adding in some artistic twinges to make a clever translation to film.

Everyone who has ever wondered what the "real" is should see this movie. Everyone who has ever felt like Love isn't Love if it's not understood should see this movie. Everyone who has ever had to learn what "truth" is should see this movie.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 2009 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital

Color:

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1.33 : 1
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