Capri: Claudine


Capri Theater Thu, Dec 1, 2022 7:00 PM
Film Info
Program:First Thursday Films @ the Capri
Release Year:1974
Runtime:92 min
Black Perspectives
Director:John Berry
Executive Producer:J. Lloyd Grant
Producer:Hannah Weinstein
Cinematographer:Gayne Rescher
Screenwriter:Tina Pine
Lester Pine
Editor:Louis San Andres
Composer:Curtis Mayfield
Principal Cast:Diahann Carroll
James Earl Jones


Thursday, December 1 at 7pm

Capri Theater Address: 2027 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55411

Tickets to First Thursday Films are now free for Northside residents (zip codes 55411, 55412, 55430). Northsiders will be asked to submit their zip code information at the door or enter it as a promo code during checkout.

Post-screening community discussion with Natalie Morrow, Founder/CEO of Twin Cities Black Film Festival, lead by MSP Film Programmer Craig Laurence Rice.

About the Film

A 1974 heart and soul comedy. Can you dig it?

Directed by John Barry and starring Diahann Carroll and James Earl Jones.

Claudine (Diahann Carroll) is a single mother in New York City who endures an exhausting commute to the suburbs where she works as a maid for wealthy families. In one carefully tended white community, she meets Roop (James Earl Jones), a charismatic but irresponsible garbage collector. Romance quickly ensues, but Claudine doubts that their relationship is good for her six children, and Rupert, despite his good nature, is reluctant to take on fatherhood.

“…Claudine boasts performances that leave impressions upon the heart long after the film is over.”  Imran Kahn,

“Claudine, despite its seemingly modest story, budget, and scale, was something of a revolutionary film, one that took the basic template of the romantic comedy and used it to explore the lived experiences of a single Black mother trying to make it financially, emotionally, and romantically in Harlem. The film deals directly with issues of female sexuality, motherhood, economic disparities and the so-called “welfare state,” and the struggles of being Black in the immediate post-Civil Rights era—all topics that were largely left off the Hollywood screen.”  James Kendrick, Network Film Desk

Diahann Carroll – Oscar nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role
NAACP Image Awards: Diahann Carroll: Outstanding Actress in a Motion
Picture; James Earl Jones: Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture


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