Native Son - available soon for our safe at-home virtual cinema viewing that'll partially support us too !

Sep 25 to Oct 30

Pierre Chenal - 108m - 1951 - Argentina - In English

Richard Wright Stars in the First Filmed Version of his Landmark Novel, fully restored, uncensored, fierce & unapologetic for a new re release!

ONLINE AT-HOME VIEWING LINK AVAILABLE SOON WITH PART OF THE SCREENING FEE GOING TO HELP US ALONG DURING OUR TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF PUBLIC SCREENINGS IN OUR THEATER! 

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One of the most controversial novels of its day, Richard Wright's NATIVE SON (first published in 1940) exposed the injustices of urban African American life, witnessed through the eyes of Bigger Thomas, whose violent tendencies and moral confusion were the natural result of a lifetime of deprivation. In prison for murder and sentenced to death, Thomas reflects on the circumstances that led to his fate. 

Kino Lorber presents a new restoration of the 1951 film version of the novel, directed by Pierre Chenal and starring Richard Wright as Bigger Thomas. It is presented in association with the Library of Congress, Fernando Martin Peña and Argentina Sono Film. Special thanks to Edgardo Krebs for his years of research into the making of NATIVE SON, and for being a tireless champion of its restoration and re-release. 

The film is preceded by a special filmed introduction by film historians Eddie Muller (Film Noir Foundation) and Jacqueline Najima Stewart (co-curator of Kino Lorber's PIONEERS OF AFRICAN AMERICAN CINEMA), courtesy of Turner Classic Movies.

"At its center is Wright, a titan of American letters, a native son in flight." - The New Yorker

"Genuine noir...an essential and previously missing link in mid-20th-century cinema." - Eddie Muller, Film Comment 

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Native Son - available soon for our safe at-home virtual cinema viewing that'll partially support us too ! poster