Saturday, 1 July 2017

Capital Celluloid 2017 - Day 197: Tue Jul 18

Jungle Fever (Lee, 1991): Prince Charles Cinema, 8.45pm


This 35mm presentation is part of the Prince Charles Cinema's Cinematic Jukebox season. You can find full details here.

Chicago Reader review:Spike Lee's high-powered, all-over-the-place 1991 movie about interracial romance (Wesley Snipes and Annabella Sciorra), crack addiction (a remarkable turn by Samuel L. Jackson), breaking away from one's family (a theme that crops up in at least five households, with Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Anthony Quinn, and Frank Vincent among the parents), and corporate advancement for blacks (Snipes again), chiefly set in two New York neighborhoods (Harlem and Bensonhurst). The disparate themes never quite come together, but with many fine performances—John Turturro and Lonette McKee are especially good—you won't be bored for a minute. Overall the film suggests a kind of living newspaper, with stories and subplots crowding one another for front-page space. There are so many voices you may think you're swimming through a maelstrom, but thanks to Lee it's all superbly orchestrated.
Jonathan Rosenbaum

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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