The Portland Black Film Festival kicks off with a rare 35mm print of Across 110th Street.
Across 110th Street (1972) Three small-time hoods steal $300,000 from a group of mobsters, and when the job gets out of hand, the mobsters and two policemen are killed. A hardnosed white police captain is reluctantly assigned to join a black Lieutenant’s investigation, and the two develop a mutual loathing. Meanwhile, the Mafia sends an enforcer to eliminate the robbers, and a three-way race between the cops, the mob and black gangsters ensues. This expertly written crime film bristles with racial tension, and explores the African American struggle for the American dream. Starring Anthony Quinn, Yaphet Kotto and Anthony Franciosa.
The Portland Black Film Festival is funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council.