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February 2 at 2:00
East Building Auditorium

With the success of his “blaxploitation” titles and crime dramas, Parks negotiated his next feature to be of more personal and historic interest: the biography of famed folk blues singer Huddie Ledbetter. Nicknamed “Leadbelly” by a madam, the man who wrote “Goodnight Irene” and “Rock Island Line” traverses the South with his twelve-string guitar. Leadbelly’s life recalls an African American past characterized by racism, poverty, and imprisonment, as well as ingenuity, racial solidarity, and self-expression. Although lauded by critics, the film was not successfully promoted and proved a commercial failure, even though it is one of Parks’s most intimate films. (1976, 126 minutes)

courtesy Paramount Pictures/Photofest  

About this Film Series

The Films of Gordon Parks
January 12 – March 8
East Building Auditorium

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Film programs

The National Gallery of Art’s film program provides many opportunities throughout the year to view classic and contemporary cinema from around the world.

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Related Exhibition

Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940–1950
November 4, 2018 – February 18, 2019
West Building, Ground Floor, Outer Tier

About the Artist

Parks, Gordon
, 1912 - 2006

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