This series explores James Baldwin’s encounter with cinema and his contributions to American intellectual life.
James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket
I Am Not Your Negro
The Defiant Ones
“Black men loving black men is the revolutionary act,” Marlon Riggs asserts with his experimental, poetic, erotic, fiercely proud, and highly influential personal documentary. With Richard O. Moore’s 1963 record of James Baldwin’s visit to San Francisco, Take This Hammer.
John Akomfrah uses Homer’s Odyssey as a point of departure for this cinematic exploration of migration, exile, alienation, and the definition of home, with the experiences of Caribbean and African migrants in the 1950s as its base.
Raoul Peck’s acclaimed documentary is an invigorating look at the great writer James Baldwin, and at the fight for civil rights both in the past and now. “An act of provocation and prophecy” (Village Voice).
A who’s-who of the African American culturati—including Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka, and Ishmael Reed—appear in this documentary tracing Baldwin’s trajectory from Harlem to Europe and across the US. “A haunting, beautifully made biography” (Los Angeles Times).
Bette Davis delivers what James Baldwin called a “ruthlessly accurate” portrayal of a spoiled, amoral Southern girl who blames her black chauffeur for a fatal accident in this little-seen social drama from John Huston.
Nominated for eight Academy Awards and winner of two, Stanley Kramer’s anti-racist “message” film stars Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier as escaped convicts in the deep South.