Argentina, 1951, 108 min, Dir. Pierre Chenal, Not Rated, Kino Lorber
"Genuine noir...an essential and previously missing link in mid-20th-century cinema." —Eddie Muller, Film Comment
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One of the most controversial novels of its day, Richard Wright's Native Son (first published in 1940) exposed the injustices of urban African-American life, witnessed through the eyes of Bigger Thomas, whose violent tendencies and moral confusion were the natural result of a lifetime of deprivation. In prison for murder and sentenced to death, Thomas reflects on the circumstances that led to his fate. When the 1951 film version by Pierre Chenal was initially released in the U.S., it was heavily censored by regional state/municipal censor boards where it played. Now a new restoration made from a complete 16mm print and an incomplete 35mm duplicate negative of the uncensored cut is available, making the most complete version of Native Son ever shown in the U.S.
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