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Harry Belafonte in 1959 at Trylon 'The World, the Flesh, and the Devil'

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Harry Belafonte in 1959

Daily from March 6-7
7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
March 8
3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
$8 per film
Festivals, Film

Throughout his career as a musician and actor, Harry Belafonte was a champion of humanitarian causes. Though Belafonte’s early reputation as the “King of Calypso” hardly indicates a revolutionary artist, his popularity afforded the opportunity to pursue projects that emphasized themes of racial inequality and social justice. Such concerns were clearly on his mind early on, as evidenced by Trylon Cinema’s latest series, Harry Belafonte in 1959, a double feature that showcases two exemplary films from that pivotal year. The World, the Flesh, and the Devil is a sci-fi tale involving two survivors of an apocalyptic disaster, a black man and a white woman. When a third man appears, however, so too does the corruptive influence of racism, a pestilence that endures even in the wasteland of annihilation. Odds Against Tomorrow is structured as a film noir involving three would-be bank robbers who come to find that the greatest threat to their carefully plotted heist is not the police, but the racial tensions in their midst. Filmed at the height of the Civil Rights Movement, these two gripping films celebrate an iconic artist whose work remains an indelible expression of humanitarian convictions.