A frustrated African-American TV writer proposes a blackface minstrel show in protest, but to his chagrin it becomes a hit.
When Spike Lee unleashed his 14th feature film on the world in 2000, he once again, endeavoured to snatch the wig off not only the world of cinema, but expose the complicated, twisted farcical intermingling of race, representation and entertainment. A minstrel show set in 2000, black-face and all–Bamboozled, animated by a stirring soundtrack overseen by Lee’s long time collaborator, Terence Blanchard was enigmatic. The film’s release was limited, its budget bloated and the early critics left theatres perplexed and shaken. But as we contemplate race and representation in 2019, it’s the words of media scholar Ashley Clarke that come to mind: “It [Bamboozled] is a vital work that’s equal parts crystal ball and cannonball: glittering and prophetic, heavy and dangerous.” — GARVIA BAILEY
Director: Spike Lee Cast: Savion Glover, Tommy Davidson, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Damon Wayans, Paul Mooney, Michael Rapaport
Live music will be performed from 7:00PM-7:30PM. Host and curator Garvia Bailey will introduce the screening. Following the film, Bailey will convene a panel discussion on the film’s message, Blanchard’s score, and why the legacy of blackface persists to this day.
Presentation: 35mm, courtesy Warner Bros
General Admission: $16 Bronze Members, Students & Seniors: $13 Silver Members: $12 Gold Members: FREE
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