Back in Dec. 2012, The Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago presented
a limited engagement of a newly-restored Library of Congress print of Michael Roemer’s seminal 1964 film, Nothing But a Man.
Unfortunately, several people missed that screening and lamented that there was only this one chance
to see it, and it had slipped them by.
Well for those people, and for those who simply
want to see it again, you’re in luck.
film will be returning to the Siskel Film Center next month on Friday Feb. 14th
and Tuesday Feb. 18th starting on both dates at 6PM.
screenings are part of the Film Center’s upcoming series The American New Wave – starting in Feb through early May – of American made independent films made during
the 60’s and 70’s which were groundbreaking in terms of their subject matter
and their approach as well.
in this spring, The Film Center will screen Shirley Clarke’s Portrait of Jason
and Larry Clark’s Passing Through as part of the series.
As I’ve said before about Nothing But A Man, if you claim
you’re serious about black cinema, then you have no excuse to miss it. It’s a
simple, yet beautiful and powerful film of raw honesty and emotion.
Believe it or not, there
was time, years ago, when it was actually shown regularly on TV,
especially on local PBS stations, but the film has been out of circulation for
at least more than a decade and a half.
But to see it again
on the big screen in a restored print, is a rare joy. So if you’re in the
Chicago area, you can’t afford to miss it. This may be your last chance.
Here’s a short clip
from the film: