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Looking for Langston: A Meditation on Langston Hughes (1902-1907) and the Harlem Renaissance.

A tribute to Langston Hughes, this film attempts to reclaim him as an important black gay voice in American culture. Writer and director, Isaac Julien. With the poetry of Essex Hemphill and Bruce Nugent (1906-1987). A film by Isaac Julien.
"A visual tour-de-force, "Looking for Langston" is a beautiful and lyrical meditation of black and white gay identities. Using the life and work of Langston Hughes during the jazz/blues infused Harlem Renaissance of the 1920's, the film weaves together the poetry of Hughes and Essex Hempill, music, sylized dramatic sequences and archival material in a celebration of gay desire and a testament to contemporary society's attempt to shatter multiple identitites." [from Third World Newsreel (distributor) catalog] Extras: Full commentary with Isaac Julien and Nina Kellgren (film's director of photography); short film "Portrait in blue: Essex Hemphill" (Isaac Julien, 2005); "First and last words: Essex Hemphill and Larry Duckette in conversation," audio recording of 1990 radio program; photo gallery. 1992. 45 min.