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Bearden Plays Bearden

Bearden Plays Bearden LLC presents ; a Third World Cinema production ; written by Billie Allen and Nelson E. Breen ; produced by Richard Bell ; directed by Nelson E. Breen
Format
Video; DVD
Summary
Study of artist Romare Bearden and how his southern roots and years in Harlem have influenced his paintings and collages. In depicting, through his paintings, the black experience in America, he has been compared to such blues/jazz artists as Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and Duke Ellington.
Director
Nelson E. Breen
Performers
Narrator: James Earl Jones ; featuring, Ntozake Shange ; Joseph Campbell ; Albert Murray.
Release Date
1980
Run Time
144 min.
Language
English
Notes
  • Includes 28- and 59-minute versions (disc 1).
  • Originally released in 1980 on PBS.
  • Bonus features (disc 2): Influences on Romare Bearden; Conversation with Alvin Ailey, James Baldwin, Bearden & Albert Murray; Romare Bearden and Roland Richardson; Printmaking; Naming paintings; "The Block"; a poem by Romare Bearden; Cinque gallery; Romare Bearden Foundation video.
Credits
Director of photography, Julius Potocsny ; editor, Harry Howard ; music, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson.
Published
[St. Petersburg, Fla.] : Third World Cinema Production, [2012]
Description
2 videodiscs (approximately 144 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
DVD; full screen, 1.33:1 aspect ratio.
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