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September 4, 2020 - September 17, 2020
Before Oprah, before Arsenio, there was Mr. SOUL!
From 1968 to 1973, the public-television variety show SOUL!, guided by the enigmatic, openly gay producer and host Ellis Haizlip, offered an unfiltered, uncompromising celebration of Black literature, poetry, music, and politics—voices that had few other options for national exposure, and, as a result, found the program an improbable place to call home. The series was among the first to provide expanded images of African Americans on television, shifting the gaze from inner-city poverty and violence to the vibrancy of the Black Arts Movement. With participants’ recollections and a bevy of great archival clips, MR. SOUL! captures a critical moment in culture whose impact continues to resonate. NR / 99 min.
September 4, 2020 - September 24, 2020
Set just prior to the start of the 21st century, this vaguely futuristic story follows two residents of a quickly crumbling building who refuse to leave their homes in spite of a virus that has forced the evacuation of the area. As rain pours down relentlessly, a single man is stuck with an unfinished plumbing job and a hole in his floor. This results in a very odd relationship with the woman who lives below him. Combining deadpan humor with an austere view of loneliness and a couple of unexpected musical numbers, Tsai Ming-Liang crafted one of the most original films of the 1990s, finally receiving a full-length US theatrical release. NR / 89 min. Mandarin w/ subtitles.
"One of the ten best films of 1999…Tsai's most distilled, droll, deftly realized allegory."
– J. Hoberman, Village Voice
“The most memorable fusion of song, dance and weather since Singin’ in the Rain.”
– Dennis Lim, Village Voice