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NINA MAE McKINNEY

Selected Screenings

Wednesday, November 10 – Tuesday, November 30

Selected Screenings in November

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“She could act, sing, dance and wisecrack with the best of them, but she came along too early and there was no place for her.”
– Fayard Nicholas (of the Nicholas Brothers),
quoted in The Black Garbo by Stephen Bourne

Nina Mae McKinney (1912-1967) was still a teenager when chosen to star in King Vidor’s all-Black musical HALLELUJAH! (1929) at MGM. Following rave reviews, the studio touted her among its galaxy of stars, a first for an African American artist. But leading roles for Black actresses were virtually non-existent. We celebrate her all-too-brief career with the NY premiere of a new 4K restoration of HALLELUJAH! from the Library of Congress and the Film Foundation, along with her appearances in SAFE IN HELL (1931), PIE, PIE BLACKBIRD (1932), SANDERS OF THE RIVER (1935), THE BLACK NETWORK (1936), PINKY (1949), and other films.

Presented with support from the Robert Jolin Osborne Endowed Fund for American Classic Cinema

Films in this Series

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