Sunday, February 9th, at 5:00pm
For National Black History Month, we bring you this lauded drama adapted from Lorraine Hansberry’s immortal play of the same name (the first play by a black woman to be performed on Broadway). The Youngers, an African-American family living together in a cramped Chicago apartment, await a life-insurance check following the death of their patriarch. Opinions vary – and tensions arise – over what to do with the money. Vividly rendering Hansberry’s sharp observations on generational conflict and housing discrimination, director Daniel Petrie’s film captures the high stakes, shifting currents, and varieties of experience within black life in midcentury America. Starring Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee. (1961, PG, 128 mins)
20/20 Perfect Visions is a year-long monthly series highlighting some of the best films in cinema’s history. Presented with Analogue Lab + Studio.