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Film Series

A Pryor Engagement

Feb 8—Feb 21, 2013

"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.

A Pryor Engagement in the news
The New York Times
The Brooklyn Rail
The Grio
The New Inquiry
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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Richard Pryor: Live in Concert

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

Fri, Feb 8, 2013
Car Wash

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

Fri, Feb 8, 2013
Uptown Saturday Night

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

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

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

Sat, Feb 9, 2013
Blue Collar

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

Sun, Feb 10, 2013

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