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Race in Film

Ali (2001)

Directed by Michael Mann. Cast: Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jon Voight, Mario Van Peebles, Ron Silver, Jeffrey Wright, Mykelti Williamson, Jada Pinkett Smith, Nona M. Gaye, Michael Michele, Joe Morton. Dramatic biography of boxing great Muhammad Ali, which focuses on the ten-year period of 1964-1974. In that time, the brash, motor-mouthed athlete quickly dominates his sport, meets and marries his first wife, converts to Islam (changing his name from Cassius Clay), and defies the United States government by refusing to submit to military conscription for duty in Vietnam.

Ali Baba (1963)

Animated short. Directed by Ub Iwerks. Ali Baba senior and his son Ali Baba live in poverty. One day they happen to see the Forty Thieves enter their cave. After the thieves leave, Ali Baba and his son enter the cave and start to fill their pockets with the treasure they find inside. Alas for them, the Forty Thieves return and they are forced to hide in large jars. But of course they are discovered...

Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1944)

Directed by Paul Malvern. Cast: Maria Montez, Jon Hall, Andy Devine, Fortunio Bonanova, Frank Puglia, Ramsay Ames, Moroni Olsen, Kurt Katch. Orphaned as a young child and adopted by a band of notorious thieves, now-grown Ali Baba sets out to avenge his father's murder, reclaim the royal throne and rescue his beloved Amara from the iron fist of his treacherous enemy. 87 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Ali-Baba (Ali Baba et les quarante voleurs) (Ali-Baba and the 40 Thieves) (France, 1954)

Directed by Jacques Becker. Cast: Fernandel (Ali-baba), Samia Gamal (Morgiane), Dieter Borsche (Abdul), Henri Vilbert (Cassim), Edouard Delmont (Morgiane's father). In this film adaptation of the story of Ali Baba and the forty thieves Ali Baba accidentally discovers the magic cave where Abdul and his band of thieves hide their treasure. He takes enough gold to buy a slave girl from his master to be his wife, but sinister plans are being made to spoil his wedding night. Includes belly dances by women in the marketplace and Cassim's harem. 90 min.

All About the Benjamins (2002)

Directed by Kevin Bray. Cast: Ice Cube,Mike Epps, Eva Mendes, Tommy Flanagan. A bounty hunter chases a bail jumper to an abandoned warehouse that just happens to be the exchange place for a major diamond heist. Now the would-be adversaries need to cooperate to foil the diamond thieves. 98min. Credits and other information from the InternetMovie Database

All My Loved Ones (Vsichni moji blizci) (Czech Republic / Slovakia / Poland, 1999)

Directed by Matej Minac. Cast: Josef Abraham, Libuse Safrankova, Jiri Bartoska, Ondrej Vetchy, Branislav Holicek, Lucia Culkova, Tereza Brodska, Marian Labuda, Rupert Graves. Inspired by the real life heroics of Nicholas Winton who saved hundreds of Czech Jewish children from the Nazis. The Silberstein's are a large and close knit extended family living in Czechoslovakia. Believing in the decency of mankind, they don't pay heed to the Nazi threat. They finally realize the true horror of what is coming, but it is too late.

Alma Gitana (Spain,1996)

Directed by Chus Gutierrez. A young man who wants to become a professional dancer falls in love with a gypsy girl but comes to realize how much he conflicts with her completely different cultural background. In Spanish without titles. PAL format. 97 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Almonds and Raisins: A History of the Yiddish Cinema.

A documentary on the Yiddish cinema in America, primarily in New York City from 1927 to the 1940's. Features extensive excerpts from Yiddish films (most subtitled in English) including The cantor's son, Overture to glory with Moishe Oysher, Yidl mitn Fidl with Molly Picon and Tevye with Maurice Schwartz. Has contemporary footage of New York City and Eastern European village life. Includes interviews with those who have participated in the Yiddish cinema. 90 min.

Almos' a Man (TV, 1976)

Directed by Stan Lathan. Cast: LeVar Burton, Madge Sinclair,Robert Doqui. Although Dave and his family are poor sharecroppersin the Deep South in the 1930's, this 15 year-old's problem isshared by teenagers today : he stands with one foot in adulthoodand the other in childhood. "Almos' a Man," yet still treated likea child, he struggles for an identity. There's one symbol ofmanhood, Dave thinks, that could guarantee him instant respect : agun. Based on the story by Richard Wright. 36 min.min.

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