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Isaac Julien, 1989

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Film Details

Directed by Isaac Julien

Produced in 1989

Main Language - ENGLISH

Countries & Regions - British Film

Film Description

Isaac Julien's sumptuous monochrome film is a lyrical and poetic consideration of the life of revered Harlem poet Langston Hughes, whom Julien invokes as a gay cultural icon. Combining archival footage with newly-staged set pieces, fantasy sequences and an imagined love story, the film is a beautiful and ultimately celebratory piece about artistic expression and the nature of black, gay desire.

DVD Details

Certificate: 15

Publisher: BFI

Length: 45 mins

Aspect ratio: 1.33:1

Format: DVD B&W

Region: 2

Released: 27th June 2005

Cat No: BFIVD652

DVD Extras

  • Audio commentary with Isaac Julien and Nina Kellgren (DoP)
  • Short film Portrait in Blue: Essex Hemphill (Isaac Julien 2005)
  • 'First and Last Words: Essex Hemphill and Larry Duckette in conversation' - audio recording of a 1990 radio programme
  • Photo gallery
  • 48 page illustrated booklet with essays by bell hooks, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Armond White and others, interview with director, reviews and biographies.

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