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Looking for Langston

Looking for Langston

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Award-winning British filmmaker Isaac Julien's film is both critically acclaimed and controversial. A lyrical and poetic consideration of the life of revered Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes. Isaac Julien invokes Hughes as a black gay cultural icon, against an impressionistic, atmospheric setting that parallels a Harlem speakeasy of the 1920's with a 1980's London underground nightclub. Extracts from Hughes' poetry are interwoven with the work of cultural figures from the 1920's and beyond, including Essex Humphill, Bruce Nugent, and Robert Mapplethorpe, constructing a lyrical and multilayered narrative. Julien explores the ambiguous sexual subtexts of the period of rich artistic expression, and the enduring cultural significance of the pioneer's work. Shot in sumptuous monochrome, the film combines archival footage with the newly staged set pieces, fantasy sequences, and an imagined love story. The result is a beautiful and ultimately celebratory piece about artistic expression and the nature of black gay desire. Directed by Isaac Julien, with Ben Ellison, Matthew Baidoo, Akim Mogaji, John Wilson, Dencil Williams, Guy Burgess, James Dublin.

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    Title: Looking for Langston
    Genre: Gay & Lesbian
    Starring: Ben Ellison, Jimmy Somerville, Matthew Baidoo, John Wilson, Akim Mogaji, Dencil Williams, Guy Burgess, Simon Fogg, James Dublin, Harry Donaldson
    Director: Isaac Julien
    Attributes: Black & White
    Release Date: 7/31/2007
    Original Year: 1989
    Product Type: DVD
    Region: 0
    Rated: UNR
    Catalog #: 2716
    UPC: 712267271627
    Item #: SRV002716

    Technical Information

    Street Date: 7/31/2007
    Closed Caption: No
    Run Time: 60 minutes
    Studio: Strand Home Video