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Native Son
Film Native Son

Virtual

Sep 24—Oct 22, 2020

Dir. Pierre Chenal | 108min, 1951
With Richard Wright, Jean Wallace, Nicholas Joy

A new, complete restoration of Richard Wright’s bombshell 1940 novel exposing the injustices of urban African-American life brought to the screen.

“Genuine noir...an essential and previously missing link in mid-20th-century cinema.”
—Eddie Muller, Film Comment

Richard Wright’s bombshell 1940 novel exposing the injustices of urban African-American life made it to the screen with this Argentine, English-language production. The author himself stars as Bigger Thomas, a Chicago youth driven to killing as a result of a lifetime of deprivation. Though it was heavily censored upon its initial release, a complete 16mm print of the original Argentinian release and an incomplete 35mm duplicate negative of the uncensored cut were combined for this new restoration, the most complete version of Native Son ever shown in the US. It stands as a vital cultural record: a rare black-centric noir with an intense, fascinating performance from Wright.

The screening is preceded by a special filmed introduction by film historians Eddie Muller and Jacqueline Najima Stewart, courtesy of Turner Classic Movies.

50% of ticket sales go to support BAM, helping to ensure the future of BAM’s adventurous programming.

Please note we are not able to offer member discounts on at-home film screenings at this time.

ALL TICKETS:  $10