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Bearden Play Bearden

Bearden Play Bearden

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Directed by Nelson E. Breen

A DVD set that includes the Emmy winning PBS documentary of the artist Romare Bearden (1911-1988) created by filmmaker, Nelson E. Breen in 1980.

Narrated by James Earl Jones, it features insightful appearances by playwright and poet Ntozake Shange (“For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf”); revered mythologist Joseph Campbell; humanities professor and scholar Dr. Richard Long; choreographer Dianne McIntyre; and Bearden’s closest friend, writer Albert Murray. The Emmy Award-nominated original soundtrack composed by Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson evokes the full range of universal human themes so eloquently expressed in Bearden’s art.

The set is a two-disc DVD; disc one includes two versions of the documentary, the original sixty-minute film and a thirty-minute abbreviated piece. The style is a cinematic collage heightened with soulful music and peppered with quotes from the artist s writings, (The Painter s Mind, 1969) and from his own conversations with the filmmaker. This project was a culmination of a three-year collaboration in which Breen interacted with Bearden and interviewed colleagues and friends.

Two-disc DVD (ca. 144 min.)

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