WATERMELON MAN & FIVE ON THE BLACK HAND SIDE
Monday, February 4
(1970, Melvin van Peebles) Offbeat comedy about a bigoted white insurance agent (played by Godfrey Cambridge – in whiteface) who wakes up one morning and discovers he’s turned Black. Man, does his life change. With Estelle Parsons, Mantan Moreland. 35mm. Approx. 100 min.
FIVE ON THE BLACK HAND SIDE
(1973, Oscar Williams) Godfrey Cambridge, Clarice Taylor. 35mm. Approx. 96 min.
“[Charlie L. Russell] writes with an affection and keen perception that make his people and the issues three dimensional and pertinent. Credit for the giggles and truths is also due Oscar Williams, who directed with professional feeling for pace and comedy. But Five on the Black Hand Side also rests on its varied principals and the rich incidents that make its slight theme real and enjoyable.”
– A.H. Weiler, The New York Times