Valentine's Day: Black Romance Films @ Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library, New York [14 February]

Valentine's Day: Black Romance Films


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14
February
13:00 - 20:30

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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library
515 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, New York 10037
We will screen four favorites as a fun ode to Valentine’s Day.

1:00 PM | Carmen Jones (1954)
3:00 PM | Chico & Rita (2010)
5:00 PM | Love Jones (1997)
7:00 PM | Claudine (1974)



1:00 PM | Carmen Jones (1954)
Starring Dorothy Dandridge & Harry Belafonte
Rating: NR

In 1943, Oscar Hammerstein Jr. took Georges Bizet's opera Carmen, rewrote the lyrics, changed the characters from 19th century Spaniards to World War II-era African-Americans, switched the locale to a Southern military base, and the result was Carmen Jones. Dorothy Dandridge stars as Carmen Jones, tempestuous employee of a parachute factory. Harry Belafonte plays Joe (originally José), a young military officer engaged to marry virginal Cindy Lou (Olga James). When Carmen gets into a fight with another girl, she is placed under arrest and put in Joe's charge. Succumbing to her attractiveness, Joe accompanies Carmen to her old neighborhood, where, after killing a sergeant sent to retrieve him, he deserts the army. Carmen tries to be faithful, but fortune-telling Frankie (Pearl Bailey) warns her that she and her soldier are doomed. Enter Joe Adams in the role of boxer Husky Miller (a play on Carmen's bullfighter Escamillo), who sweeps Carmen off her feet, ultimately with tragic consequences. Alhough both Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte were singers, their opera voices were dubbed in by LeVern Hutcherson and Marilyn Horne. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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3:00 PM | Chico & Rita (2010)
Rating: NR

Cuba, 1948. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and desire unite them as they chase their dreams and each other from Havana to New York to Paris, Hollywood and Las Vegas. With an original soundtrack by legendary Cuban pianist and five-time Grammy-winning composer Bebo Valdés, Chico & Rita captures a defining moment in the evolution of history and jazz, and features the music of (and animated cameos by) Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Cole Porter, Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Tito Puente, Chano Pozo, and others. — © GKIDS

5:00 PM | Love Jones (1997)
Starring Nia Long & Larenz Tate
Rating: R

Larenz Tate and Nia Long are two confused lovebirds who discover that you can never underestimate the power of a love jones. She's a beautiful photographer, he's a sweet-talking writer, and when they get together, modern day romance will never be the same!

7:00 PM | Claudine (1974)
Starring Diahann Carroll & James Earl Jones
Rating: PG

Diahann Carroll was nominated for both an Oscar and a Golden Globe award for her gripping portrayal as the indomitable Claudine in this heartwarming comedy. While struggling to support herself and her six children in Harlem by working as a maid for a wealthy family, Claudine (Carroll) meets a charming garbage man, Roop (James Earl Jones). But although Roop is smitten with the lovely single mother, his own life trials make him slow to respond to her invitation to a lifetime of love. The touching story of Claudine will inspire smiles and tears in viewers of all ages.
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