Detroit Film Theatre
PIONEERS OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN CINEMA: TEN NIGHTS IN A BAR ROOM
Saturday, February 04, 2017
9:30 PM Detroit Film Theatre
(US/1926—directed by Roy Calnek)
Based on a hugely popular 1854 temperance novel—which became a successful play—Ten Nights in a Bar Room boasts a masterful performance by Charles Sidney Gilpin as a father whose life and family are devastated by his alcoholism. Gilpin’s own struggles with addiction began when he was replaced by Paul Robeson in a London production of O’Neill’s The Emperor Jones—not due to a lack of talent, but because of his principled insistence that the “n” word be removed from the script. This high-definition restoration was made from a print preserved by the George Eastman Museum. Plus: Commandment Keeper Church, Beaufort South Carolina, May 1940 (excerpt). Filmed in the Sea Island community of Beaufort, this rare footage depicts the religious practices of the Gullah people. Inducted in 2006 into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. (80 minutes total)
Black History Month programs are made possible by the generous support of Arn and Nancy Tellem.