In partnership with the Chicago Cultural Center, Black Cinema House is proud to present Archibald Motley and the Matter of Film, a three-part film series that complements the Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center and explores how the formal and thematic concerns of filmmakers from the 1920s-1940s; including uses of light and color; images of city life; and portraits of race, align with the formal and thematic endeavors of the painter Archibald Motley. Each event consists of a screening followed by a brief response by a local filmmaker, artist, or scholar. The first two installments of this series will take place at Black Cinema House, while the third and final screening will be held at the Chicago Cultural Center.
Part 1: Race and Gender Matters
Charleston Parade (Jean Renoir, 1927, 17 minutes) A science fiction-esque silent film short. It depicts a devastated Europe and Africa as the focal point for human progress and civilization.
Devil in a Blue Dress (Carl Franklin, 1995, 102 minutes) A hardboiled detective film based on the novel by Walter Mosley. Set in Los Angeles in the late 1940s, black detective Easy Rawlins, pursues the whereabouts of a woman shrouded in mystery.