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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)
3 nominations. See more awards »

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 2009 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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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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Europe through the Black Door
16 February 2014 | by shelemmSee all my reviews

Two of my favorite scenes in movie history in the same movie:

Arlington Hill, where the Rev. Franklin's son talks about experiencing Europe through the eyes of films (Bergman's Persona, Fellini's La Dolce Vita, Godard's Band of Outsiders), and then his rather frank discussion of slaves, cowards, and black people passing for black. Slaves have options - escape, revolt, death. Cowards have... consequences.

Keys, when Marianna sings about giving him the keys to her Amsterdam apartment and opening up her world to him. We're your new family, man.

I think I could watch these scenes everyday of my life and not get tired of them.


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