Jules Dassin (1968)
1 hour 44 minutes

Jules Dassin’s 1968 film Uptight is the next feature of the LAYKA Lens. On November 19, 2020, join us and the Los Angeles Review of Books for a discussion this film, which finds new resonance in our moment of social reckoning. You can stream the film on Amazon or Apple TV anytime before we meet for a live conversation.

A retelling of John Ford’s The Informer (1935), which itself was drawn from Liam O’Flaherty’s 1925 bestselling novel, Uptight resets a classic story of revolution and betrayal from Dublin to Cleveland in the days after the assassination of Martin Luther King. Jules Dassin, a veteran of the avant-garde ARTEF Yiddish theater, returned to America after 20 years on the McCarthy-era blacklist to make this film about an ambivalent radical who betrays his dearest comrade.

Join us as we continue our autumn discussions on community, solidarity, and power. Our panel will examine this startling film and its relevance for the times we live in, cinematic reflections on the police murder of African Americans, the legacy of Jewish-Black radical allyship, and more.

Our discussion will be broadcast on YouTube and Facebook, where you can join in the conversation with comments and questions about the film for our group of critics and scholars.

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Barry Jenkins, the Oscar-winning director of Moonlight, discusses the impact of Uptight and the cinema of the Black Power movement. Uptight is available for streaming on Amazon or Apple TV.

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