Two by Gordon Parks
Two acclaimed feature films directed by Gordon Parks, subject of a photography exhibition that opens March 23. Both are shown from 35mm film in Morley Lecture Hall and admission is $12, CMA members $9. CMA curator Barbara Tannenbaum answers audience questions after the screenings on April 16, 28, and 30.
Gordon Parks’s film directorial debut—one of the first 25 movies selected for the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry—is based on his semiautobiographical novel. Two black teens who witness assorted injustices and tragedies while growing up in 1920s Kansas take different paths to adulthood.
Directed by Gordon Parks. With Roger E. Mosley. The hardship-plagued life of legendary folk and blues singer Huddie Ledbetter (1888–1949), master of the 12-string guitar, is dramatized in this screen biography. Musical numbers include “Rock Island Line” and “Goodnight Irene.”