One of the benefits of MLK Day – beyond the celebration of Dr. King and his work, beyond a day off from work even – is the entertainment.
Suddenly, gems of film, theater and TV that haven’t been seen in years are dusted off and presented in honor of the holiday. One could complain that we should have more black programming year-round, and I’m inclined to agree – but eh, that’s a subject for another time.
For now, let’s enjoy presentations like the archival 35mm print of Nothing But a Man, the 1964 classic film starring Ivan Dixon, which screens on Monday, January 16 at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, NY.
From the site:
Director Michael Roemer (The Plot Against Harry) and co-writer and cinematographer Robert M. Young (Alambrista!) went on a three-month research tour of the South organized by the NAACP before writing the script for Nothing But a Man. Roemer also drew upon the systemic oppression he experienced in his childhood as a Jew in Nazi Germany (he left at the age of 11 through the Kinderstransports). Upon its completion in 1964, Nothing But a Man won awards and acclaim at both the Venice and New York film festivals, yet was unable to attain major theatrical distribution. It found an African-American audience through 16mm screenings at churches and schools, where it remained a staple for years.
The screening is scheduled for 3pm, and is free with museum admission.
Find additional details here.