Stage & Screen: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

9/8/2014 Coolidge Corner Theatre
7pm

Join Guess Who's Coming to Dinner playwright/adapter Todd Kreidler and Boston Globe Metro reporter James H. Burnett III for a special screening of Spike Lee's Jungle Fever starring Wesley Snipes, Annabella Sciorra, and Samuel L. Jackson followed by a conversation about the ways in which these two influential works reflect changing attitudes about interracial relationships. Part of the Stage & Screen series, a collaboration between the Huntington Theatre Company and the Coolidge Corner Theatre.

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About Jungle Fever

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Released in 1991, Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever depicts the consequences of an interracial affair between married African-American architect Flipper Purify (Wesley Snipes) and his working-class Italian-American secretary, Angie Tucci (Annabella Sciorra). Scrutinized by their friends, cast out from their families, and shunned by their neighbors, Flipper and Angie soon find their relationship at a crossroads.

Featuring an original soundtrack by Stevie Wonder, this “superbly orchestrated” (Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader) drama features electrifying supporting performances by Samuel L. Jackson and Halle Berry.

Prior to Jungle Fever, Hollywood’s highest-profile take on the subject of interracial romance was Stanley Kramer’s beloved 1967 film, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. Starring Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn, and Spencer Tracy, the film was a critical and commercial success, garnering several Oscar nominations and two wins (Best Actress and Best Original Screenplay).

 

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