Our nation's Library of Congress has added a new list of films to its National Film Registry. This is a good thing. These films -- short subjects, theatrical releases and documentaries -- are deemed to have "cultural, historic and aesthetic importance." They reflect American diversity, history and heritage. I want to single out one. I love this film. It comes to us from a woman I'm sure many of you have seen. Her name is Kasi Lemmons (her first name is pronounced "Casey.") Did you see 1991's THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS? Kasi Lemmons played the fellow FBI cadet who's the best buddy to Clarice Starling, played by Jodie Foster.
In the cast are Samuel L. Jackson, Diahann Carroll, Lynn Whitfield, Debbie Morgan and young Jurnee Smollett as Eve.
I wanted to highlight and promote the stunning creativity of director/screenwriter Kasi Lemmons. EVE'S BAYOU is not the only fine film she directed. Don Cheadle is one of my favorite actors. His performance in the entertaining and moving biopic, TALK TO ME, is prime Don Cheadle. What a character. He's fierce, funny, irritating, out-of-bounds, extremely talented and, ultimately, a helpful social activist during a grave period of racial unrest in the country. He was a former jailbird who became a broadcaster. His freestyle freshness opened the door for radio talents like Howard Stern. Radio host Petey Greene was so funny, so popular, that he was tapped to go to New York City and appear on the TONIGHT Show with Johnny Carson which, as you know, was a "Hallelujah!" booking for any new comic talent on the show biz radar. TALK TO ME co-stars Martin Sheen, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Taraji P. Henson. If you're a Don Cheadle fan, 2007's TALK TO ME is a must-see.
Ok. While I'm at it, let me drop a trailer for that movie too. Click onto this link to see a trailer for TALK TO ME directed by Kasi Lemmons.
I am elated that Kasi Lemmons made the National Film Registry. I wanted to highlight her screen achievement because I feel that if she was a young white dude who had directed EVE'S BAYOU as his first film -- a guy like a Quentin Tarantino, a Todd Haines or a Damien (LA LA LAND) Chazelle -- major Hollywood studio execs would've wanted to buy her lunch and talk about future projects. Top Hollywood agents would've wanted to sign her and pitch her to direct big budget productions. If she was a young white dude.
Orson Welles' THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI
LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN
ON THE TOWN
MY FAIR LADY
HEARTS AND MINDS, a documentary
SMOKE SIGNALS from Native American director Chris Eyre
Check out the Library of Congress website. Log onto this link: loc.gov.
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