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Classic Black Cinema Series - A Man Called Adam
- Museum admission, free for members
About This Program
(1966) A Man Called Adam is the only feature film directed by Leo Penn, who otherwise has an impressive and extensive television resume. It is written by Lester Pine and Tina Rome, who also penned a number of television scripts together. Adam stays up all night, does business in the day, and gets into trouble regardless of the time. He is a conflicted man with a secret, and Sammy Davis Jr. is pretty good in the role. It's a demanding part, full of wild mood swings, which he is better at than he is at some of the speeches the writers give him. His acting is not all that different from the music he so convincingly mimes (the true trumpet work was by Nat Adderley). When he takes his performance off the chart, it can be quite remarkable. Adam's final breakdown is a wonder to behold.
About The Classic Black Cinema Series
A film series specifically designed as a vehicle to expose the community to the vast artistic value black film has had throughout the years. The goal is to appeal to as diverse a population as possible and further the appreciation of Black cinema.
Curator and host, Felix Curtis, came to Charlotte from the Oakland/San Francisco Bay area where he curated The San Francisco Black Film Festival and Black Filmworks, the annual film festival component of the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame, where he later served as Executive Director.