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Black Like Me
     

Black Like Me

Director: Carl Lerner

Cast: James Whitmore, Sorrell Booke, Al Freeman Jr.

 
Black Like Me is the true story of white journalist John Howard Griffin, who "became" a Negro in the late 1950s. Feeling that the best way to understand what it was like to be black in a segregated south was to experience the feeling first-hand, Griffin (James Whitmore) undergoes extensive-and sometimes painful-skin pigmentation treatments. Though he tends to

Overview

Black Like Me is the true story of white journalist John Howard Griffin, who "became" a Negro in the late 1950s. Feeling that the best way to understand what it was like to be black in a segregated south was to experience the feeling first-hand, Griffin (James Whitmore) undergoes extensive-and sometimes painful-skin pigmentation treatments. Though he tends to look more like Al Jolson or Eddie Cantor rather than African American, Whitmore does a creditable job playing a proud man forced into subservience by an unfeeling white society. Unfortunately, the film falls prey to stylistic affectations, notably an overabundance of confusing flashbacks. Though dating and occasionally patronizing, Black Like Me is still a worthwhile effort.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/11/2012
UPC:
0778854191891
Original Release:
1964
Source:
Video Service Corp
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[B&W, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:45:00
Sales rank:
6,110

Special Features

Closed-Caption; Bonus Disc - Uncommon Vision: The Life And Times Of John Howard Griffin (60 Min); An Excerpt From Reluctant Activist - The Authorized Biography Of John Howard Griffin, By Robert Bonazzi; Original Trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Whitmore John Finley Horton
Sorrell Booke Dr.Jackson
Al Freeman Tom Newcomb
Roscoe Lee Browne Christopher
Clifton James Eli Carr
Dan Priest Bus Driver
Walter Mason Mason
John Marriott Hodges
Lenka Peterson Lucy Horton
Richard Ward Burt Wilson
Llewellyn B. Skinner Stretch
Will Geer Actor
Raymond St. Jacques Actor

Technical Credits
Carl Lerner Director,Screenwriter
Lora Hayes Editor
Meyer Kupferman Score Composer
Gera Lerner Screenwriter
Victor Lukens Cinematographer
Henry Mueller Cinematographer
Jules Tannebaum Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Black Like Me
1. Opening Titles [2:23]
2. Welcome To The South [8:13]
3. Back To The Beginning [4:17]
4. Lessons In Black [20:30]
5. The Pavement [21:05]
6. On The Town [6:53]
7. Tested [11:41]
8. People And Attitudes [18:57]
9. Freedom Fighters [5:28]
10. Revelations [6:37]
11. Going Home [1:33]
12. Chapter 12 [:01]
Disc #2 -- Uncommon Vision: The Life And Times Of John Howard Griffin
1. Texas To Tours [12:55]
2. Blind Faith [11:49]
3. The Eyes Have It [12:17]
4. Black Like Me [9:52]
5. An Uncommon Life [11:19]
6. Chapter 6 [:01]

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