• Sweet Love, Bitter

    1967. USA. Herbert Danska. 92 min.

Friday, May 16, 2008, 6:15 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1

  • Sweet Love, Bitter

    1967. USA. Directed by Herbert Danska. Screenplay by Danska, Lewis Jacobs, based on the novel Night Song by John A. Williams. Music by Mal Waldron. With Dick Gregory, Robert Hooks, Don Murray, Diane Varsi. A rediscovered gem of 1960s independent cinema, introduced by director Danska on May 12. In a harrowing, thinly disguised homage to Charlie "Yardbird" Parker, radical comedian Gregory plays the charismatic Richie "Eagle" Stokes, an alto saxophonist done in by racism, drugs, and self-destructiveness. Waldron, who played with Charles Mingus and Max Roach in the 1950s and was Billie Holiday's regular pianist during her last years, suffered a nervous breakdown in 1963, the same year in which he scored Shirley Clarke's The Cool World. His music for Sweet Love, Bitter, written not long after this tortured period, is filled with dark, spare sonorities. 92 min.

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