Fourth Friday Films

Outsiders in America: Deviations of the American Dream


The “American Dream” doesn’t mean the same thing to every U.S. citizen. For some, the notion of unlimited opportunity made available through hard work and right living has proven more of a pipe dream than a vision of upward social mobility. Historically, cultural or legal structures have built barriers that have kept some Americans from realizing all that is promised. In the All Things Project’s new cinema series, “Outsiders in America- Deviations of the American Dream,” we’ll consider three films that wrestle with what it means to follow the American Dream with its weighty expectations. We’ll explore disparities in pursuing the vision and how the nature of ambition, success, and opportunity implicit in the American Dream juxtaposes with Christ’s view of what constitutes a fully prosperous life.

January 31, 2020 | Paris Blues (1961) dir Martin Ritt


7PM | Free admission

From Kino Lorber’s Theatrical Release:

“In Paris Blues, Ram Bowen (Paul Newman) and Eddie Cook (Sidney Poitier) are two expatriate jazz musicians living in Paris where, unlike America at the time, Jazz musicians are celebrated and racism is a non-issue. When they meet and fall in love with two young American girls, Lillian and Connie, who are vacationing in France, Ram and Eddie must decide whether they should move back to America with them, or stay in Paris for the freedom it allows them. With its Duke Ellington score, excellent cast, and a breathtaking "Battle Royal" with Louis Armstrong, Paris Blues is both an excellent drama and a must see film for any jazz lover.”

February 27, 2020 | Nothing But a Man (1964) dir Michael Roemer

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