'Scott Joplin' The Movie (How Not To Make A Film About A Black Composer)

From Shadow and Act Sat Nov 10 2012, 21:01:51

With all our recent articles of late regarding films about black classical composers such as Julius Eastman (HERE) and George Bridgetower (HERE), it immediately got me thinking about that Scott Joplin film starring Bille Dee Williams with Margaret Avery, Clifton Davis and Art Carney. Never heard of it? That's understandable. It sort of came and went without leaving any sort of impact at all. It was originally made as a TV movie by Universal and Motown for NBC, back in 1977 and it actually did get a small theatrical release, though I can't recall if it was before or after the film was broadcast. I don't remember seeing it playing in any theaters that I...

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