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Directed by Isaac Julien
Produced in 1989
Main Language - ENGLISH
Countries & Regions - British Film
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.
Length: 45 mins
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
Format: DVD B&W
Released: 27th June 2005
Cat No: BFIVD652
- 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.