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90 minutes · 1951

A genuine oddity: a 1951 adaptation of Richard Wright's great novel of black Chicago, shot in Buenos Aires by French director Pierre Chenal and starring the author himself as his protagonist, Bigger Thomas. Wright is clearly too old for the part, and there are many other ways in which the film can't begin to do justice to the extraordinary power and density of the original, but it's still a noble and interesting if highly uneven effort. With Jean Wallace, Gloria Madison, and Nicholas Joy.

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