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A Raisin in the Sun

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Genres: Drama
Starring: Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil, Ruby Dee
Director: Daniel Petrie
Plot Synopsis:

Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun was the first play by a black woman to be on Broadway and is now an immortal part of the theatrical canon. Two years after its premiere, the production came to the screen, directed by Daniel Petrie. The original stars—including Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee—reprise their roles as members of an African American family living in a cramped Chicago apartment, in this deeply resonant tale of dreams deferred. Following the death of their patriarch, the Youngers await a life insurance check they hope will change their circumstances, but tensions arise over how best to use the money. Vividly rendering Hansberry’s intimate observations on generational conflict and housing discrimination, Petrie’s film captures the high stakes, shifting currents, and varieties of experience within black life in midcentury America.

  • Technical Specs
    Length:128 Minutes
    Specs:Blu-ray
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p/AVC MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):1.85:1
    Audio Formats:English LPCM Mono
    Special Features:Interview from 1961 with playwright and screenwriter Lorraine HansberryNew interview with Imani Perry, author of Looking for Lorraine, on the real-life events on which the play is basedEpisode of Theater Talk from 2002 featuring producer Philip Rose and actors Ruby Dee and Ossie DavisExcerpt from The Black Theatre Movement: From “A Raisin in the Sun” to the Present, a 1978 documentary, with a new introduction by director Woodie King Jr.New interview with film scholar Mia Mask, author of Poitier RevisitedTrailerPLUS: An essay by scholar Sarita Cannon