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Author: Isaac JulienNadine Marsh-EdwardsBen EllisonMatthew BaidooAkim MogajiAll authors
Publisher: [Culver City, Calif.] : Distributed by Strand Releasing, [2007]
Edition/Format:   DVD video : Elementary and junior high school : NTSC color broadcast system : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This self-described meditation on the life of Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes addresses the possible, possibly imagined, life of the author as a gay man. Both documentary and fantasy, it blends archival footage with black and white paeans to a life that might have been--a Harlem nightclub from the 1920s, a London nightspot from the late eighties, various dream sequences--foregrounding gay sexual desire,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Feature films
Fiction films
Experimental films
Historical films
Biographical films
Erotic films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Drama
Black films and programs
Named Person: Langston Hughes; Langston Hughes
Material Type: Elementary and junior high school, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Isaac Julien; Nadine Marsh-Edwards; Ben Ellison; Matthew Baidoo; Akim Mogaji; John Wilson, (Actor); Dencil Williams; Guy Burgess; James Dublin; Harry Donaldson, (Actor); Erick Ray Evans; Wayson Jones; Toni Morrison; Stuart Hall; Nina Kellgren; Robert Worley, (Costume designer); Robert Hargreaves, (Film editor); James Baldwin; Essex Hemphill; Bruce Nugent; Hilton Als; Sankofa Film & Video,; British Film Institute,; Strand Releasing (Firm),
OCLC Number: 159935438
Language Note: In English with optional subtitles for the hearing impaired.
Notes: Bonus features: Commentary track with Isaac Julien & Nina Kellgren; Photo gallery (7 min.); "The attendant" featurette (8 min.).
Produced as a British motion picture in 1989.
Running time erroneously stated as 60 min. on container insert.
Credits: Director of photography, Nina Kellgren ; editor: Robert Hargreaves ; costume designer, Robert Worley ; research, Mark Nash.
Cast: Ben Ellison, Matthew Baidoo, Akim Mogaji, John Wilson, Dencil Williams, Guy Burgess, James Dublin, Harry Donaldson, Erick Ray Evans, Essex Hemphill, Wayson Jones, Toni Morrison, Stuart Hall.
Awards: Winner, Gay and Lesbian Award of the Berlin International Film Festival "Teddy," Best Short Film, 1989 Berlin International Film Festival.
Description: 1 videodisc (45 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD, NTSC.
Contents: Opening --
Langston --
Shared secret --
Beauty --
Waking --
What happened? --
Hunger --
In vogue --
Wall of memory --
Fallen angels --
Collision --
Credits.
Other Titles: Attendant.
Meditation on Langston Hughes (1902-1967) and the Harlem Renaissance with the poetry of Essex Hemphill and Bruce Nugent (1906-1987) in memory of James Baldwin (1924-1987)
Responsibility: Sankofa Film & Video presents ; poetry and texts [by] James Baldwin, Essex Hemphill, Bruce Nugent, Hilton Als ; producer, Nadine Marsh-Edwards ; written and directed by Isaac Julien.

Abstract:

This self-described meditation on the life of Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes addresses the possible, possibly imagined, life of the author as a gay man. Both documentary and fantasy, it blends archival footage with black and white paeans to a life that might have been--a Harlem nightclub from the 1920s, a London nightspot from the late eighties, various dream sequences--foregrounding gay sexual desire, constructed of a mélange of materials. Looking for Langston is not a mainstream film, but a short film, an avant-garde film, a gay film, and a black British film. Indeed, the prospect of viewing the film can be an off-putting one, considering its competing narrative lines as documentary, reclamation of an aspect of black history, rumination on the AIDS crisis, or pure fantasy.

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