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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Zooman (1995)









 






Starring:
  • Louis Gossett Jr.
  • Charles S. Dutton
  • Cynthia Martells
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Although probably better on the stage this screen adaption has a powerful intensity to it that is worth seeing. And this story of a neighborhood more comfortable remaining silent than speaking up about a murder of a little girl, certainly deserves a bigger audience than it would get on stage.

Taking an interesting dual POV - the child's shooter (Zooman) speaking directly to camera and the neighbors and family playing out their story in a more traditional narrative style, the script highlights the twisted logic of people who know they did the wrong thing but need to justify it.

Definitely worth a look and a think.

Dutchman (1967)


















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Storyline
Based on the play by Amiri Baraka. A sinister, neurotic white girl Lula, with the provocation of her lovely, half-naked body and of her startlingly lascivious speech, lures to his doom a good-looking young black man Clay, a stranger whom she has picked up in the subway and whom she mocks for wearing the clothes and employing the voice and manners of the conventional white intellectual. The man, who, at first seeing no reason to resist the girl's advances, perceives too late that he is being used by her, drops his "white" disguise, and launches a wild and bitter counterattack on her and on the entire white race.

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