The Signifyin' Works of Marlon Riggs (The Criterion Collection DVD)

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The Signifyin' Works of Marlon Riggs (The Criterion Collection DVD)

There has never been a filmmaker like Marlon Riggs (1957-1994): an unapologetic gay Black man who defied a culture of silence and shame to speak his truth with resounding joy and conviction. An early adopter of video technology who had a profound understanding of the power of words and images to effect change, Riggs employed a bold mix of documentary, performance, poetry, music, and experimental techniques in order to confront issues that most of Reagan-era America refused to acknowledge, from the devastating legacy of racist stereotypes to the impact of the AIDS crisis on his own queer African American community to the very definition of what it is to be Black. Bringing together Riggss complete worksincluding his controversy-inciting queer landmark Tongues Untied and Black Is . . . Black Aint, his deeply personal career summationThe Signifyin Works of Marlon Riggs traces the artistic and political evolution of a transformative filmmaker whose work is both an electrifying call for liberation and an invaluable historical document.

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  • Rating NR
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  • Added May 10 2021
  • Production Year 2021
  • Empire SKU 3156092
  • UPC Code 715515260213
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 3
  • Disc SS-SL
  • Subtitles English

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Four new programs featuring editor Christiane Badgley; performers Brian Freeman, Reginald T. Jackson, and Bill T. Jones; filmmakers Cheryl Dunye and Rodney Evans; poet Jericho Brown; film and media scholar Racquel Gates; and sociologist Herman Gray
Long Train Running: The Story of the Oakland Blues (1981), Riggss graduate thesis film
Introduction to Riggs, recorded in 2020 and featuring filmmakers Vivian Kleiman and Shikeith, and Ashley Clark, curatorial director of the Criterion Collection
I Shall Not Be Removed: The Life of Marlon Riggs (1996), a documentary by Karen Everett that features interviews with Riggs; Kleiman; filmmaker Isaac Julien; African American studies scholar Barbara Christian; several of Riggss longtime friends and collab
An essay by film critic K. Austin Collins

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    English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 Color

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