The Redford Theatre continues its 2022 Black Film Festival with the presentation of Claudine on Saturday, September 10

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It’s Harlem in the 1970s. Diahann Carroll stars as the single mother of six trying to juggle a job, kids, and a relationship with a charismatic but irresponsible garbage collector, James Earl Jones. Carroll has to lie to her social worker about her job and the boyfriend because either could cause a reduction or loss of her welfare benefits—and she needs both the welfare and her meager wages as a housekeeper to keep her family afloat.

As if that was not enough, other family complications arise. Complicating things even further, Jones has his own problems to deal with. The film is characterized as a Comedy, Drama, and Romance, but as you might expect, the road to a happy ending is not easy.

Here’s a look at that road:

Diahann Carroll was an actress, model, and activist. She appeared in a dozen films besides Claudine (for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress), including some of the earliest major studio films to feature Black casts (Carmen Jones and Porgy and Bess, for example). She also had a lengthy career in television, appearing in many TV movies, guest appearances, roles in several TV series (including the lead role in the 1968-1971 Julia series), and in 2010, “Diahann Carroll: The Lady. The Music. The Legend”. Regretfully, she passed away three years ago at age 84 from breast cancer.

James Earl Jones has been described as “one of America’s most distinguished and versatile” actors in film, TV, and theatre and “one of the greatest actors in American history.” If you didn’t recognize his face, you would almost certainly recognize his voice—one of the best known in show business (Darth Vader, anyone?). His 60-year career has led him to be one of the few performers to have been awarded an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony (EGOT). (Of local note, his alma mater is the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance.)

Watch as these two great theatrical artists bring the themes of welfare and employment, marriage and family life, and systemic economic inequality to brilliant life on the big screen. The Redford Theatre’s renowned Barton Theatre Pipe Organ will also come to life with a 30-minute Organ Overture before show time, so come early.

The Redford’s 2022 Black Film Festival continues Saturday at 8 p.m. with What’s Love Got to Do with It.

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The Redford Theatre’s Black Film Festival

September 9 Evening: Training Day ( (R) (2001)

September 10 Matinee: Claudine ( (PG) 1974)

September 10 Evening: What’s Love Got to Do With It ( (R) (1993)

September 11 Matinee: Summer of Soul ( (PG-13) (2021)
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September 23 Evening: In a Lonely Place ( (NR) (1950) and Southside 1-1000 ( (NR) (1950)

September 24 Matinee: T-Men ( (NR) (1947) and The Argyle Secrets ( (NR) (1948)

September 24 Evening: Nightmare Alley ( (NR) (1947) and The Spiritualist ( (NR) (1948)

September 25 Matinee: Phantom Lady ( (NR) (1944) and Fly-By-Knight ( (NR) (1942)
September 30 and October 1: Clue ( Shadowcast with the Goblin King Players (
November 6: World Famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater (
December 2: Love Actually ( (R) (2003)
December 3 Matinee: The Polar Express ( (G) (2004)
December 3 Evening: The Nightmare Before Christmas ( (PG) (1993)
December 9-10: White Christmas ( (NR) (1954)
December 11: Holiday Mystery Movie (
December 16: It’s a Wonderful Life ( (NR) (1946)
December 17 Matinee: The Bishop’s Wife ( (NR) (1947)
December 17 Evening: It’s a Wonderful Life ( (NR) (1946).

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