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The Resource Looking for Langston, Sankofa Film and Video presents ; poetry and texts [by] James Baldwin, Essex Hemphill, Bruce Nugent, Hilton Als ; producer, Nadine Marsh-Edwards ; written and directed by Isaac Julien

Looking for Langston, Sankofa Film and Video presents ; poetry and texts [by] James Baldwin, Essex Hemphill, Bruce Nugent, Hilton Als ; producer, Nadine Marsh-Edwards ; written and directed by Isaac Julien

Label
Looking for Langston
Title
Looking for Langston
Statement of responsibility
Sankofa Film and Video presents ; poetry and texts [by] James Baldwin, Essex Hemphill, Bruce Nugent, Hilton Als ; producer, Nadine Marsh-Edwards ; written and directed by Isaac Julien
Title variation
Meditation on Langston Hughes (1902-1907) and the Harlem Renaissance with the poetry of Essex Hemphill and Bruce Nugent (1906-1987) in memory of James Baldwin (1924-1987)
Contributor
Actor
Director
Producer
Screenwriter
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • eng
  • eng
Summary
This self-described meditation on the life of Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes addresses the possible, possibly imagined, life of the author as a gay man. Both documentary and fantasy, it blends archival footage with black and white paeans to a life that might have been--a Harlem nightclub from the 1920s, a London nightspot from the late eighties, various dream sequences--foregrounding gay sexual desire, constructed of a mélange of materials. Looking for Langston is not a mainstream film, but a short film, an avant-garde film, a gay film, and a black British film. Indeed, the prospect of viewing the film can be an off-putting one, considering its competing narrative lines as documentary, reclamation of an aspect of black history, rumination on the AIDS crisis, or pure fantasy
Awards note
Winner, Gay and Lesbian Award of the Berlin International Film Festival "Teddy," Best Short Film, 1989 Berlin International Film Festival
Cataloging source
NOG
Characteristic
videorecording
Credits note
Director of photography, Nina Kellgren ; editor: Robert Hargreaves ; art director, Derek Brown ; costume designer, Robert Worley ; research, Mark Nash
Language note
In English with optional subtitles for the hearing impaired
PerformerNote
Ben Ellison (Alex), Matthew Baidoo (Beauty), Akim Mogaji (James), John Wilson (Karl), Dencil Williams (Marcus), Guy Burgess (Dean), James Dublin (Carlos), Harry Donaldson (Leatherboy); American voices, Erick Ray Evans, Essex Hemphill, Wayson Jones, Toni Morrison; British voice, Stuart Hall
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
  • 1924-1987
  • 1906-1987
  • 1950-1999,
  • 1957-
  • 1932-2014
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Julien, Isaac,
  • Marsh-Edwards, Nadine,
  • Baldwin, James
  • Hemphill, Essex
  • Nugent, Bruce
  • Als, Hilton
  • Ellison, Ben
  • Baidoo, Matthew,
  • Mogaji, Akim,
  • Wilson, John
  • Williams, Dencil,
  • Burgess, Guy,
  • Dublin, James,
  • Donaldson, Harry
  • Evans, Erick Ray
  • Jones, Wayson
  • Morrison, Toni
  • Hall, Stuart
  • Sankofa Film & Video
  • Strand Releasing (Firm)
Runtime
45
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Hughes, Langston
  • Gay men
  • Closeted gays
  • Gay men
  • African American poets
  • African American gay men
  • African American authors
  • Harlem Renaissance
  • African Americans
  • Harlem (New York, N.Y.)
Technique
live action
Label
Looking for Langston, Sankofa Film and Video presents ; poetry and texts [by] James Baldwin, Essex Hemphill, Bruce Nugent, Hilton Als ; producer, Nadine Marsh-Edwards ; written and directed by Isaac Julien
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Produced as a British motion picture in 1989
  • Special features: Commentary track with Isaac Julien & Nina Kellgren [optional audio feature]; Photo gallery [slide show] (7 min.); "The attendant" [featurette] (8 min.); Other Strand titles [previews] (9 min.)
Carrier category
videodisc
Carrier category code
  • vd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
  • tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
159935438
Dimensions
4 3/4 in
Dimensions
other
Extent
1 videodisc (45 min.)
Media category
video
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • v
Medium for sound
videodisc
Note
Bowdoin stacks copy: NO Public Performance Rights purchased; home or classroom use ONLY
Other control number
712267271627
Other physical details
sound, black and white
Publisher number
2716-2
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
(OCoLC)159935438
System details
DVD, NTSC
Terms governing use
Bates: No public performance rights purchased; home, library, or classroom use only
Video recording format
DVD
Label
Looking for Langston, Sankofa Film and Video presents ; poetry and texts [by] James Baldwin, Essex Hemphill, Bruce Nugent, Hilton Als ; producer, Nadine Marsh-Edwards ; written and directed by Isaac Julien
Publication
Note
  • Produced as a British motion picture in 1989
  • Special features: Commentary track with Isaac Julien & Nina Kellgren [optional audio feature]; Photo gallery [slide show] (7 min.); "The attendant" [featurette] (8 min.); Other Strand titles [previews] (9 min.)
Carrier category
videodisc
Carrier category code
  • vd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
  • tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
159935438
Dimensions
4 3/4 in
Dimensions
other
Extent
1 videodisc (45 min.)
Media category
video
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • v
Medium for sound
videodisc
Note
Bowdoin stacks copy: NO Public Performance Rights purchased; home or classroom use ONLY
Other control number
712267271627
Other physical details
sound, black and white
Publisher number
2716-2
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
(OCoLC)159935438
System details
DVD, NTSC
Terms governing use
Bates: No public performance rights purchased; home, library, or classroom use only
Video recording format
DVD

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