1052 Claudine

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1052 Claudine

#1 Post by DarkImbecile » Wed Jul 15, 2020 12:48 pm

1052 Claudine


Diahann Carroll is radiant in an unforgettable, Oscar-nominated performance as Claudine, a strong-willed single mother, raising six kids in Harlem, whose budding relationship with a gregarious garbage collector (an equally fantastic James Earl Jones) is stressed by the difficulty of getting by in an oppressive system. As directed by the formerly blacklisted leftist filmmaker John Berry, this romantic comedy with a social conscience deftly balances warm humor with a serious look at the myriad issues—from cycles of poverty to the indignities of the welfare system—that shape its characters’ realities. The result is an empathetic chronicle of both Black working-class struggle and Black joy, a bittersweet, bighearted celebration of family and community set to a sunny soul soundtrack composed by Curtis Mayfield and performed by Gladys Knight & the Pips.

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2003 featuring actors Diahann Carroll, James Earl Jones, and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs; filmmaker George Tillman Jr.; and Dan Pine, son of screenwriters Lester Pine and Tina Pine
  • New conversation on the film between filmmaker Robert Townsend and programmer Ashley Clark
  • Illustrated audio excerpts from a 1974 AFI Harold Lloyd Master Seminar featuring Carroll
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
    PLUS: An essay by critic Danielle A. Jackson
New illustration and design by Alphaville

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Re: 1052 Claudine

#2 Post by zedz » Wed Jul 15, 2020 5:05 pm

I only know of this film from the Curtis Mayfield soundtrack. Has anybody seen it and is able to comment?

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Re: 1052 Claudine

#3 Post by Aunt Peg » Wed Jul 15, 2020 8:17 pm

I saw the film over 20 years ago and its utterly forgettable. This is one of the biggest head scratcher releases ever from Criterion.

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Re: 1052 Claudine

#4 Post by mteller » Thu Jul 16, 2020 11:39 am

I saw it yesterday, actually had coincidentally started it before the Criterion announcement. Excellent performances from the leads, some very funny bits, solid social commentary and a unique take on the rom com. And a killer soundtrack. Having said that, not sure it's a movie I would buy, but I'm considering it.

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Re: 1052 Claudine

#5 Post by The Curious Sofa » Thu Jul 16, 2020 12:57 pm

I saw this several times on tv in the 70s and 80s and remember really liking it, especially for the performances. I haven't seen it since. Would be tempted check this out again to see how it holds up.

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Re: 1052 Claudine

#6 Post by Professor Wagstaff » Thu Jul 16, 2020 3:51 pm

Claudine was previously only available as a Fox pan & scan DVD. I'm excited as I've been holding off seeing it waiting for it to get a proper release.

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