Dutchman


55m 1966

Brief Synopsis

Adaptation of LeRoi Jones' play takes place in a subway cer where a sluttish, red-necked, white woman passenger goes to heads with a young, black male passenger.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1966
Premiere Information
Los Angeles opening: 28 Dec 1966
Production Company
Dutchman Film Co.; Gene Persson Enterprises; Kaitlin Productions
Distribution Company
Continental Distributing, Inc.; Gene Persson Enterprises
Country
United Kingdom
Location
England, United Kingdom
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Dutchman by LeRoi Jones (New York, 24 Mar 1964).

Technical Specs

Duration
55m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

Synopsis

Lula, a sluttish white woman, boards a New York City subway car and sits next to Clay, a well-dressed black man who is the only other passenger. She flagrantly teases and provokes him, and by her actions and insults dares him to take advantage of her willingness to be seduced. Other passengers enter the car, however, and Clay refuses her advances. Once rejected, the woman turns on him and launches into a tirade against blacks, ridiculing them for their subservience to white men. Unable to control himself, Clay hits Lula and spits out his own deep hatred of whites. When he is finished, the woman lunges at him and stabs him to death. Some time later, after his body has been carried from the subway, Lula boards another car and steadily eyes her next black victim.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1966
Premiere Information
Los Angeles opening: 28 Dec 1966
Production Company
Dutchman Film Co.; Gene Persson Enterprises; Kaitlin Productions
Distribution Company
Continental Distributing, Inc.; Gene Persson Enterprises
Country
United Kingdom
Location
England, United Kingdom
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Dutchman by LeRoi Jones (New York, 24 Mar 1964).

Technical Specs

Duration
55m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

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Trivia

Notes

Released in Great Britain in 1967.

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the Best Actress Award (Knight) at the 1967 Venice Film Festival.

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1967

Shown in New York City (Adam Clayton Powell Gallery) as part of program "Harlem Week 1997" August 1-15, 1997.

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Released in United States Winter January 1, 1967