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[Film Poster]: Native Son
[Argentina, 1951. Near Fine. Poster. Measuring 28" x 22". Near fine with a few mild creases from being rolled, light wear to the top edge, and with black marker on the back. A poster for the 1951 Argentine-made, English-language production of Richard Wright's Native Son directed by Pierre Chenal and, most notably, starring the author himself, along with Jean Wallace and Gloria Madison. Wright stepped into the lead when African-American actor Canada Lee had visa problems while filming Cry, the Beloved Country in Africa. The poster features Wright as protagonist Bigger Thomas carrying the body of Jan, the white woman he accidentally kills. The film was savaged by critics as well as by censors for its leftist politics, anti-white sentiment, and casual racial slurs. Wright, ill-prepared for the role with no acting experience and playing a character half his age, took responsibility for the film's failure, telling a journalist in 1951: "I wrote the dialogue. The producers and director gave me carte blanche in whatever concerned my role as actor. If the film is bad, it's all my fault." The film was restored by the Library of Congress in 2011, replacing what American censors removed by using an international cut of the film released under the title Sangre Negra [Black Blood]. While lobby cards featuring this image appear from time to time, we have never seen another copy of this poster. Rare. OCLC locates one copy at Cornell.
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