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A Raisin in the Sun

Released 1961
Distributor Columbia

In this specially filmed trailer producer David Suskind explains why it’s okay for white folks to like his expanded filmization of Lorraine Hansberry’s acclaimed one-set play about the struggles of a modern black family. In 1989 Bill Duke himself helmed an acclaimed TV remake (featuring character actor John Fiedler in the same role he played in the movie) and still another followed in 2008.

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About Bill Duke

With a wide range of credits to his name including directing, producing, acting and writing, Bill Duke made an auspicious directorial debut with The Killing Floor. He followed with A Rage in Harlem, based on Chester Himes’ celebrated novel. He went on to direct the action drama Deep Cover, the romantic comedy The Cemetery Club, the hit sequel Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit and numerous other films and television projects.. Mr. Duke received a Cable ACE Award for his direction of American Dream: The Boy Who Painted Christ Black and directed two teleplays for PBS, which received an NAACP Image Award nomination: The Meeting and A Raisin in the Sun, which also earned Duke an Emmy nomination. His acting roles include American GigoloPredator, and Commando.

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