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A black and white, fantasy-like recreation of high-society gay men during the Harlem Renaissance, with archival footage and photographs intercut with a story. A wake is going on, with mourners gathered around a coffin. Downstairs is an elegant bar where tuxedoed men dance and talk. One of them has a dream in which he comes upon Beauty, who seems to reject him, although when he awakes, Beauty is sleeping beside him. His story and his visits to the jazz and dance club are framed by voices reading from the poetry and essays of Hughes and others. The text is rarely explicit, but the freedom of gay Black men in the 1920s in Harlem is suggested and celebrated visually.

  1. Isaac Julien

    Director, Screenplay

Top Billed Cast

  1. Ben Ellison

    Alex

  2. Matthew Baidoo

    Beauty

  3. Akim Mogaji

    James

  4. John Wilson

    Karl

  5. Dencil Williams

    Marcus

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  • October 31, 1989
    Theatrical

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Original Language English

Runtime 0h 45m

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