The Cotton Club: Encore

Trailer Review Orpheum Tickets

Orpheum · Saugerties

and    ALL SINGING ALL DANCING screening

Sunday, April 7 6:30p
Thursday, April 11 6:30p – with the film’s set photographer, Adger Cowans

If there could be such a thing as a neo-realist musical, it may be this. Francis Ford Coppola offers a slice of life at one night in a 1930’s Harlem night club. With an ensemble cast of (to name only a few) Richard Gere, Gregory Hines, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Nicolas Cage, the revolving door of the Cotton Club offers a rough and filmic home to mobsters, lovers, performers and great music. 

This remastered Encore version features never-before-seen scenes and musical sequences that deepen and enrich the storylines. (dir. Francis Ford Coppola, U.S, 1984, 128m)

“…quite simply, a wonderful movie. It has the confidence and momentum of a movie where every shot was premeditated — and even if we know that wasn’t the case, and this was one of the most troubled productions in recent movie history, what difference does that make when the result is so entertaining?” –Chicago Sun-Times

At 86, Adger Cowans remains remarkably insightful, vibrant and productive; an inspiration, whose beautiful work spans decades of social and cultural change.  In 1958, Cowans joined Gordon Parks at Life Magazine, where Parks encouraged Cowans to use his camera against racism and violence.  In 1963 Adger was a founding member of the Kamoinge Workshop, a civil-rights photo and art collective that sought to undermine racist depictions of Black communities.  As the first African-American film set photographer in Hollywood, Cowans worked on over thirty productions, alongside directors like Francis Ford Coppola, Sidney Lumet, and Spike Lee.  He has exhibited his work at the MoMA, Metropolitan Museum of Art, George Eastman House and numerous institutions around the world.