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<i>Looking for Langston</i>. 1989. Great Britain. Directed by Isaac Julien. On view in <i>Critical Reverie: The Films of Isaac Julien</i>. Image: Isaac Julien and Sunil Gupta. <i>Looking for Langston Series (No. 26) Le Rêve No. 2.</i> 1989. Courtesy Isaac Julien and Sunil Gupta
  • This Is Not an AIDS Advertisement

    1987. Great Britain. Isaac Julien. 10 min.

  • Looking for Langston

    1989. Great Britain. Isaac Julien. 44 min.

Monday, February 10, 2014, 5:00 p.m.

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



  • This Is Not an AIDS Advertisement

    1987. Great Britain. Directed by Isaac Julien. This highly stylized short asserts sexual desire over fear in gay romantic relationships. Isaac and Constantine Giannaris, maker of Jean Genet Is Dead, fading into a saturated sunset constitutes “protest as style; sumptuous, powerful Gay retort to the New Puritanism” (Steve Bode). 10 min.

  • Looking for Langston

    1989. Great Britain. Directed by Isaac Julien. Julien’s tour de force takes on the legacy of poet Langston Hughes, exploding the taboo that kept his and other Harlem Renaissance luminaries’ homosexulality unspoken in the black community and at large. In its goal to reinstate these figures as black gay pioneers, Looking for Langston is equal parts homage to Hughes and an unpacking of collective memory. To imagine Hughes’s hidden life, Julien creates, in sumptuous black-and-white 16mm, a subterranean jazz speakeasy, drawing on the florid style and dramatic mise-en-scène of James Van Der Zee's funeral photographs and portraits, among others. Interwoven with scenes from a 1980s London nightclub and archival footage of Hughes, the result is an indelible meditation on race, sexuality, and representation. Digital projection. 44 min.

In the Film exhibition Critical Reverie: The Films of Isaac Julien

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