Undoubtedly one of the most obscure and rarely seen films from the 1970’s is the 1972 film Georgia, Georgia. The low budget film, which was based on an original screenplay by Maya Angelou is often mistakingly credited as also being directed by her too.
It was directed by Swedish director Stig Bjorkman and it was presented at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1973 as well. But nevertheless, unless I’m mistaken, it is possibly the first feature film to be written by a black female screenwriter.
The film did get an American release through Cinerama Releasing which was a major studio at the time, but it quickly faded from sight.
The film deals with a American singer (played by Diana Sands in one of her last roles before her untimely death in 1973 at the age of 39) who’s in Stockholm to perform at a concert, but falls in love with a white Vietnam war deserter played by Dirk Benedict (who of course would later go on TV’s The A Team with Mr T)
My memories are fuzzy about the film, since I haven’t seen it in centuries, but I do seem to recall that it’s a rather odd film with a sudden twist ending that frankly didn’t make much sense to me and probably still won’t. But I would sure love to take a look at it again.
But finally we’ll all get a chance to see it since the specially DVD label Scorpion Releasing, which specializes in cult and rare in demand films from the 60’s and 70’s, announced that it will soon release Georgia, Georgia for the first time on DVD. Though as yet it has not been announced to when that release date will be. But you can take a look at some clips from the film below.