Reelblack Presents SWEET LOVE, BITTER (Dick Gregory’s Only Starring Film Role) 10/13

Reelblack kicks off its 15th Season with a rare public screening of SWEET LOVE, BITTER (aka It Won’t Rub Off, Baby), filmmaker Herbert Danska’s 1967 film that features the great DICK GREGORY in his only starring film role.

Following the film, we will present previously unseen exclusive interviews with Mr. Gregory and co-star DON MURRAY about the making of the film, taken from the Reelblack vault. Plus, we will give away a copy of Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies Dick Gregory’s latest book, courtesy Amistad Books.

Friday October 13, 2017 at THE BANK, 3750 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104. Admission is $7 adults/ $5 Students, Seniors and Reelblack Season 15 Members.

(Note: Memberships will be available for purchase at this event)

Drugs and alcohol get the best of a black jazzman (Dick Gregory) and a white professor (Don Murray) who hang out at an espresso bar.

The producers of this very rarely screened film notoriously rejiggered its sequencing after Herbert Danska finished it (much to his chagrin). Still, it remains a finely sustained, elegiac take on saxophonist savant Charlie Parker’s life. The corrosive effects of drug abuse, racial hostility, and mental instability are seen gradually taking hold of the protagonist’s career, leading to his ruin. Pianist Mal Waldron scored the film brilliantly, no doubt thanks to his intimate knowledge of its subject matter—he suffered his own fabled mental breakdown a few years prior to taping. — Tayt Harlin


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