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Claudine

(John Berry, 1974)
Postscreening conversation with Simone Drake

Directed by the blacklisted John Berry, the romantic comedy Claudine stars Diahann Carroll as a single mom in Harlem living on welfare with six kids. Her life is one of daily negotiations with “the system”—both comical and frustrating—as even a low-paying job or marriage to her boyfriend (James Earl Jones) could impact her benefits due to government program rules. Curtis Mayfield wrote and produced the film’s score and soundtrack, with vocals by Gladys Knight & the Pips. Carroll received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her performance. (92 mins., 4K DCP)

A conversation led by Simone Drake, chair of Ohio State’s Department of African American and African Studies, follows the screening.

 

More about the expert

Simone C. Drake is the Hazel C. Youngberg Trustees Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of African American and African Studies at Ohio State. She’s the author of When We Imagine Grace: Black Men and Subject Making (University of Chicago Press, 2016); Critical Appropriations: African American Women and the Construction of Transnational Identity (Louisiana State University Press, 2014); and numerous journal articles and book chapters.

A woman and man smile for the camera

Claudine, image courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

A man and woman are surrounded by a crowd of people as they marry

Claudine, image courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

Restored by 20th Century Fox. This screening cosponsored by the Columbus Black International Film Festival.

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Claudine