A MAN IS TEN FEET TALL / SWEET LOVE, BITTER
July 12 only
A SPECIAL WEEKEND WITH DON MURRAY
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** For only $14 gain access to this double bill PLUS the earlier 12:00pm matinee of THE OUTCASTS: THE LONG RIDE and CALL ME BY MY RIGHTFUL NAME ** // BUY EXTENDED MATINEE TICKET //
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A MAN IS TEN FEET TALL (1955, 50 minutes) 3:30pm [digital]
Sidney Poitier, Don Murray, Martin Balsam, Hilda Simms, Michael Strong; directed by Robert Mulligan.
RARE! From Don Murray’s own personal copy, this Philco Playhouse Theatre episode was the basis for a fleshed-out, full-length motion picture, EDGE OF THE CITY (1957). Don plays a young man on the run who tries to hide from his troubles by working on the New York waterfront, where he is befriended by an ebullient black dockworker (Sidney Poitier). As their friendship grows, the racial tension on the dock intensifies. A rare classic from the golden age of live TV!
SWEET LOVE, BITTER (1967, 92 minutes) 4:30pm [digital]
Don Murray, Dick Gregory, Diane Varsi, Robert Hooks; directed by Herbert Danska.
“A remarkable newly discovered film, virtually lost for over a quarter-century, one of the first dramatic films to honestly deal with jazz life… Quite possibly the best movie ever made about jazz.” —Francis Davis, The Philadelphia Inquirer
A searing, poetic look at the underside of black jazz culture and the gap between the races, SWEET LOVE, BITTER was damaged by its own producers, who took the film away from director Herb Danska and cut 20 minutes from the film prior to its release. Even in its mutilated state, however, the film features exceptional performances from Don, Robert Hooks, and (in a character based on tragic jazz great Charlie Parker) Dick Gregory, who’s brilliant in his acting debut. With a bleakly beautiful jazz score composed by Mal Waldron. A one-of-a-kind film that packs as big of a punch in 2014 as it did when it was first (barely!) released.
Interview with Don Murray, Dick Gregory and Robert Hooks (schedules permitting)
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Part of our SPECIAL WEEKEND WITH DON MURRAY.
The Roxie is honored to host a special weekend with Don, still alive and well at 84, where the full range of his work will be displayed—including impossibly rare films that haven’t been seen for decades! Don Murray leapt from Broadway to movie stardom opposite Marilyn Monroe in BUS STOP (1956), but his aversion to the Hollywood star system caused his career to go into a completely different direction.
Don will join us on Saturday and Sunday for interviews (including several with his good friend, noted author/interviewer Foster Hirsch, also making his Roxie debut!) (Clips from the upcoming documentary about his life and career, DON MURRAY: UNSUNG HERO, will also be featured between screenings.)
For additional content, including biographical info about Don Murray and a sneak peak at the upcoming documentary UNSUNG HERO, be sure to visit the MID-CENTURY PRODUCTIONS website.
A MAN IS TEN FEET TALL / SWEET LOVE, BITTER: Upcoming Showtimes