The Apollo (2019)

The Apollo (2019)

Melkweg 50 - Selection Film

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The Apollo (2019)

Melkweg 50 - Selection Film

Introduction: Geert van Itallie

The Melkweg celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and with many programmes during the whole year. For film there's 50 special films including film selections of Melkweg icons.

The film 'The Apollo' is chosen by artistic director Geert van Itallie. The famous theater in Harlem, New York is the birthplace and home of countless great African-American performers: James Brown, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Prince, Richard Pryor—the list goes on and on. It was in this safe haven that Billie Holiday dared to sing “Strange Fruit” live, and where African-American culture could be freely celebrated. 

That much is clear from the hyperkinetic edits with lots of never-before-seen footage—including the first-ever shows by “Little” Stevie Wonder and Lauryn Hill—and anecdotes galore in interviews with all the people who were there. The film’s recurring theme is the dialogue rehearsal for a stage adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between The World and Me, which explores what it means to be black in the United States. The Apollo is inextricably bound up with the history of black identity. It was the venue for the memorial service for James Brown, and for a triumphant performance by America’s first black president.

  • Director
    Roger Ross Williams
    Year
    2019
    Country
    VS
    Duration
    98 minuten
    Spoken Language
    Engels
    Subtitles
    Nederlands
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The Apollo (2019): Official Trailer | HBO


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