STORMY WEATHER
1943, 20th Century Fox, 78 min, USA, Dir: Andrew L. Stone

The life of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson provided loose inspiration for this classic musical, and he stars as a WWI vet who hopes to make it big as a dancer and win the heart of singer Selina Rogers (Lena Horne). Selected for preservation in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry, this dazzling revue was among the first major studio features with a predominantly African-American cast, and showcases iconic performances by such stars as Cab Calloway, Fats Waller and the Nicholas Brothers, whose “Jumpin’ Jive” sequence was once described by Fred Astaire as the greatest movie musical number he had ever seen.


THE WIZ
1978, Universal, 134 min, Dir: Sidney Lumet

"Can you feel a brand-new day?" sing Diana Ross and Michael Jackson as Dorothy and the Scarecrow in this African-American version of "The Wizard of Oz." With Richard Pryor, Lena Horne and Nipsey Russell.


CABIN IN THE SKY
1943, Warner Bros., 120 min, Dir: Vincente Minnelli

Lena Horne is luminescent in director Vincente Minnelli’s debut feature. Eddie "Rochester" Anderson is the married man tempted by Lena and the devil himself to turn his back on his wife (Ethel Waters) in favor of vice and moral ruin. Louis Armstrong and the Duke Ellington Orchestra appear as well!


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