Monday, Sep 08, 2014 7:00p -
Coolidge Corner Theatre
290 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
Film, Lectures & Conferences, Performing Arts
2hr 11mins // directed by: Spike Lee // featuring: Wesley Snipes, Annabella Sciorra
Featuring a post-screening conversation with playwright/adapter Todd Kreidler (from the Huntington Theatre Company’s funny and poignant new stage adaptation of the beloved Academy Award-winning film, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner) and Boston Globe reporter James H. Burnett III.
Released in 1991, Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever depicts the consequences of an interracial affair between married African-American architect Flipper Purify (Wesley Snipes) and his working-class Italian-American secretary, Angie Tucci (Annabella Sciorra). Scrutinized by their friends, cast out from their families, and shunned by their neighbors, Flipper and Angie soon find their relationship at a crossroads.
Featuring an original soundtrack by Stevie Wonder, this “superbly orchestrated” (Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader) drama features electrifying supporting performances by Samuel L. Jackson and Halle Berry.
Prior to Jungle Fever, Hollywood’s highest-profile take on the subject of interracial romance was Stanley Kramer’s beloved 1967 film, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. Starring Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn, and Spencer Tracy, the film was a critical and commercial success, garnering several Oscar nominations and two wins (Best Actress and Best Original Screenplay).
After the screening of Jungle Fever, playwright/adapter Todd Kreidler (from the Huntington’s new production of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner) and Boston Globe reporter James H. Burnett III will join in a conversation about the challenges of adapting a cultural touchstone and the ways in which these two influential works reflect changing attitudes about interracial relationships.