Film Series

A Pryor Engagement

 
 
Feb 8—Feb 21, 2013
 
 
 
 
 
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"A savvy film retrospective."

—The New York Times, Feb 6, 2013

“Pryor wrenched his humor from a deep vein of emotion that he was also able to mine as an actor.”

—The New Yorker, Feb 11, 2013

An idol of Eddie Murphy, Louis C.K., Chris Rock, and countless other comedians, the wild and wired Richard Pryor ushered stories from the black underclass into public consciousness in five Grammy Award-winning albums and no less than 40 films. We showcase his no-holds-barred concert films and legendary pairings with everyone from Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier to Gene Wilder and David Lynch. All films in 35mm.

Special guests include critics Armond White, Nelson George, and Hilton Als.


 
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The New Inquiry
 
Blog
Richard Pryor's Greatest Hits
In anticipation of BAMcinématek's hiatus-breaking, 18-film tribute to legendary comedian Richard Pryor, we’ve spent the past week collecting some of his most memorable one-liners on Twitter. But it’s important to clarify that quippy quotability was only a part of his complex legacy.


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PAST EVENTS
Film
Richard Pryor: Live in Concert
 

Pryor is in top form in “the greatest of all recorded-performance films” (Pauline Kael).

Fri, Feb 8, 2013
 
 
Film
Car Wash
 

This Altman-esque cult comedy stars Richard Pryor as a gold-limousine-riding evangelist.

Fri, Feb 8, 2013
 
 
Film
Uptown Saturday Night
 

Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby team up in this groovy, good-natured caper comedy.

Sat, Feb 9, 2013
 
 
Film
Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip
 

Richard Pryor unleashes a wide range of characters in this comeback performance.

Sat, Feb 9, 2013
 
 
Film
Blue Collar
 

Richard Pryor and Harvey Keitel star in Paul Schrader’s directorial debut.

Sun, Feb 10, 2013
 
 
Film
Wattstax
 

Stax Records brings out the stars for this awe-inspiring soul concert film.

Sun, Feb 10, 2013
 
 
Double Feature
Lady Sings the Blues + Dynamite Chicken
 

Cavalcade of Stars Double Feature!

Mon, Feb 11, 2013
 
 
Double Feature
Stir Crazy + Silver Streak
 

Pryor + Wilder Double Feature!

Tue, Feb 12, 2013
 
 
Double Feature
Lost Highway + Some Call It Loving
 

Twisted Love Double Feature!

Wed, Feb 13, 2013
 
 
Double Feature
Bingo Long + Bustin' Loose
 

On the Road with Richard Pryor Double Feature!

Tue, Feb 19, 2013
 
 
Double Feature
Brewster's Millions + Which Way Is Up?
 

Pryor In Over His Head Double Feature!

Wed, Feb 20, 2013
 
 
Double Feature
Richard Pryor... Here and Now + Jo Jo Dancer
 

Strictly for Pryormaniacs Double Feature!

Thu, Feb 21, 2013