REBECCA, directed by Alfred Hitchcock
THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI, directed by Orson Welles
LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN
Disney's animated CINDERELLA.
In its theatrical release, EVE'S BAYOU deserved a lot more promotion. I bet Kasi Lemmons, being a Black independent filmmaker -- and a woman -- got a minimal marketing budget. She should've gotten entertainment news TV attention like Ben Affleck and Matt Damon got for their GOOD WILL HUNTING screenplay for her directorial debut and her film's stellar reviews.
In 2007, director Kasi Lemmons gave us the highly entertaining and touching TALK TO ME, one of those films that makes you say "How can it be that Don Cheadle has only one Oscar nomination in his credits?" In TALK TO ME, Lemmons introduced us to the largely overlooked true story of radio star Ralph "Petey" Greene. Before Howard Stern, there was Petey Greene. He was an ex-con who talked his way into an on-air host job at a Washington, DC station. His outspoken, outrageous, rebellious and refreshing humor in the 1960s took a radio station from bargain basement ratings and put it on the main floor. He took his humor from radio to TV and was such a hit, he was booked to be a guest on the TONIGHT Show hosted by Johnny Carson in New York City. Petey became a social activist and helped calm the community when fires broke out upon hearing the news of Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination.
Director Kasi Lemmons now gives us Black American history in HARRIET, the story of Harriet Tubman. She's the heroic woman who helped liberate hundreds of enslaved people through the Underground Railroad. Actress Cynthia Erivo, Tony winner for her performance in the revival of Broadway's THE COLOR PURPLE musical, stars as Harriet Tubman.
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HARRIET is the kind of project that a top Hollywood studio should have done in the 1970s as a major release starring Ruby Dee or Cicely Tyson after her Best Actress Oscar nomination for 1972's SOUNDER. Alas, Hollywood studios did not greenlight projects like HARRIET for Black actresses in those days. Cicely Tyson's one and only Oscar nomination was for SOUNDER. After that, TV gave her more opportunities that Hollywood did. She played Harriet Tubman in the 1978 network TV special, A WOMAN CALLED MOSES. Brava, Kasi Lemmons, and thank you.