with live accompaniment by Jay Warren
Richard Maurice / 1928 / 56 min. / digital video
Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 7:30pm
$6 admission ($5 for Beverly Arts Center members)
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Presented by South Side Projections and the Beverly Arts Center
A slow delta blues song realized by David Lynch may be the best way to describe this wholly unique and cinematically innovative drama from 1928 (or 1929 or 1930; as with the film’s meaning, the year of release is something of a mystery). A poor street violinist, Sundaisy (played by writer/director Richard Maurice), pledges to protect an orphan from preying small-time hoodlums only to fall victim to his own naiveté. A surreal melodrama that may or may not be all the dream of a struggling writer, the plot culminates in one of the most bizarre endings in film history. Not to be missed, this recent discovery shines a light on the small but powerful body of work by Richard Maurice, a little-known African American independent director working in 1920s Detroit.