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<i>Close Harmony</i>. 1981. USA. Directed by Nigel Noble
  • Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist

    1979. USA. Saul J. Turell. 30 min.

  • Close Harmony

    1981. USA. Nigel Noble. 30 min.

Introduced by and Q&A with Noble

Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 7:00 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2



  • Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist

    1979. USA. Directed by Saul J. Turell. Narrated by Sidney Poitier. Using extensive archival footage, this biography recounts the rise and fall of Robeson’s career. An outspoken civil rights pioneer, Robeson broke through racial barriers on screen and stage with his noted performances as Othello and the Emperor Jones, as well as his concert tours in the U.S. and Europe. After WWII, his pro-Soviet views led to his blacklisting in America, and the State Department revoked his passport, ostensibly ending his career. Turell crafted this filmic tribute shortly after Robeson’s death, in 1976, in an effort to restore the reputation of a brilliant performer maligned by politics. 30 min.

  • Close Harmony

    1981. USA. Directed by Nigel Noble. After attending a stirring joint performance by the student chorus of Brooklyn Friends School and members of the Council Center for Senior Citizens in Flatbush, Brooklyn, Noble was inspired to tell the story of their annual collaboration. Going behind the scenes as the two choral groups prepare for their performance, Noble’s directorial debut demonstrates music’s ability to bridge divides and serve as common ground for different generations. 30 min.

In the Film exhibition Oscar's Docs, 1950–87: Creative Expression

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