Larry Cohen on

Black Caesar

Released 1973
Distributor AIP

Harlem gangster Fred “the Hammer” Williamson takes on the Mafia and crooked cops in Larry Cohen’s own version of The Godfather saga, which spilled over into a sequel (Hell Up in Harlem), released only 8 months later. Larry takes us behind the scenes of one of his biggest hits. Songs by The Godfather of Soul, James Brown.

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About Larry Cohen

The prolific writer-producer-director Larry Cohen began his career in television creating hit shows like Branded and The Invaders.  His feature career took off with the killer baby trio of It’s Alive and two sequels.  Among his movie credits are Q – The Winged Serpent, Full Moon High, The Private Life of J. Edgar Hoover, Return to Salem’s Lot, Hell Up in Harlem and the screenplays for Phone Booth and Cellular.  He also wrote and directed the Masters of Horror episode, Pick Me Up. Larry passed away on March 23, 2019.

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