Glenville Library Screens Jules Dassin’s 1968 “Uptight,” Set and Filmed in Cleveland

Tue 2/12 @ noon

The 1968 Jules Dassin-directed film Uptight was set in Cleveland and filmed on the east side of Cleveland and in the Flats — areas that would be virtually unrecognizable now as they were seen in the film. The grim film, in which all the characters face dead-end lives, depicts a world of black revolutionaries, police informers, and revenge killings, with a racist system underlying the characters’ actions and choices. Its cast included Cleveland-born actress Ruby Dee.

The Glenville branch of the Cleveland Public Library will host a 50h anniversary screening of the film (It was released in December of 1968). It will be followed by a discussion that includes Cleveland attorney and author of Ballots and Bullets: Black Power Politics and Urban Guerrilla Warfare in 1968 Cleveland James Robenalt , activist Don Freeman and Mutawaf shaheed, and author/Blaxploitation film expert Josiah Howard. Uptight bears little resemblance to the Blaxploitation films of the early 70s, which were fantasies featuring larger-than-life heroes/antiheroes.

The program is free. Register here.

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