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Personal Problems

 
 
Aug 4—Aug 9, 2018
 
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RUN TIME: 165min
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Directed by Bill Gunn | 1980

With Vertamae Grosvenor, Walter Cotton, Sam Waymon

Described by writer Ishmael Reed as a “meta-soap opera,” Gunn’s magnum opus is at once sprawling and intimate, an epic, passionately intense portrait of a group of middle-class African-Americans in early 1980s Manhattan. Despite boasting a powerful central performance from anthropologist and writer Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor and expressively rough, shot-on-early-video cinematography by renowned photographer Robert Polidori, Personal Problems went unseen in its intended form for years. With this new restoration, it assumes its rightful status as a one-of-a-kind watershed of American independent filmmaking.

 
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