Films by Title: "L"
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La Bamba (1987) - Jackie Wilson (Howard Huntsberry) performs at a major Rock n' Roll festival in Brooklyn, Allan Freed's 1st Anniversary of Rock n' Roll Show. He helps Richie Valens (Lou Diamond Phillips) overcome nerves before the performance that makes Valens an overnight sensation. Drama, 103 min., VHS, dir: Luis Valdez.
LA Riot Spectacular (2005) - Film presenting footage from the L.A. riots that depicts police officers, the media, and local residents with a comical twist. Comedy , 80 min., DVD , dir: Marc Klasfield.
Lackawanna Blues (2005) - Ruben Jr. (Marcus Carl Franklin) is taken in by Nanny (S. Epatha Merkerson), the kindly director of a boarding home for disadvantaged children, in this coming of age story set in the 1960s. From Nanny and her many boarders, Ruben learns the importance of family and togetherness. Based on the autobiographical one man show by Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Drama, 94 min., DVD, dir: George C. Wolfe.
Ladies Sing the Blues, The (1986) - The film documents women blues singers from 1929 through the 1950s. Music Performance, 60 min., VHS, dir: Tom Jenz.
Lady from Louisiana (1941) - John Wayne, as a reformer out to get political grafters, falls in love with the chief villain's daughter (Ona Munson) and when the chief is killed by his own men, Wayne is accused. Dorothy Dandridge plays Felice, lady's maid to Munson. Drama, 83 min., VHS, dir: Bernard Vorhaus.
Lady Sings the Blues (1972) - Critics have acclaimed Diana Ross' film debut in this fictionalized biography of blues singer Billie Holiday. Prison, withdrawal, reunion, then a triumphant comeback are handled by Ms. Ross in this film. Richard Pryor is Piano Man, Billy Dee Williams is Lewis, the man she loves. Joseph Wilcots is cinematographer. Drama, 144 min., 16mm, VHS, dir: Sidney J. Furie.
Ladykillers, The (2004) -- Elderly Marva Munson (Irma P. Hall) rents a room in her house to Goldthwait Higginson Dorr (Tom Hanks), a college professor, who starts rehearsing with his "medieval music ensemble" consisting of Gawain (Marlon Wayans), Pancake (J.K. Simmons), Lump (Ryan Hurst), and The General (Tzi Ma) in her basement. When Marva discovers that the "musicians" are, in fact, planning to rob a casino and refuses to take a share of the profit for her silence, the crew decides to silence her. Comedy, 104 min., DVD, Ethan & Joel Coen.
Laïcite, Inch'Allah! (2011) - Filmed beginning in August 2010 and during Jasmine Revolution, Nadia El Fani explores the events leading to Tunisians' rejection of censorship and religious oppression under the rule of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. From the Josef Gugler African and Middle Eastern Film Collection (COL 12). Documentary, 72 min., DVD, dir: Nadia El Fani.
Lakeview Terrace (2008) - A young, interracial couple moves into their dream home in California, but they quickly become the target of their disapproving, harrassing, LAPD officer neighbor. His intrusions into their lives causes the couple to fight back. Cast includes Samuel L. Jackson and Kerry Washington. Drama, 110 min., DVD, dir: Neil Labute.
LaLee's Kin: The Legacy of Cotton (2001) - This documentary follows a Mississippi Delta school district and a single Delta family as they struggle against the crippling effects of poverty in the wake of more than one hundred years of slavery. Documentary, 89 min., DVD, dir: Deborah Dickson, Susan Fromke and Albert Maysles.
Land Where the Blues Began, The (1990) - Filmed in Mississippi, filmmakers Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long explore the origins and development of the blues. Documentary, 60 min., VHS, dir: unknown.
Landlord, The (1970) - A young white man (Beau Bridges), attempting to assert his independence from his wealthy father, buys an apartment house occupied by blacks in a Brooklyn slum. Diana Sands is Fanny Coppee; Lou Gossett, Jr. her nationalist-minded husband; Pearl Baily is world-wise Marge--all are the new landlord's non-paying tenants. Screenplay by Bill Gunn. Comedy, 112 min., DVD, dir: Hal Ashby.
Langston Hughes: The Dream Keeper (1988) - This cinematic biography of poet and novelist Langston Hughes features commentary by James Baldwin, Amiri Baraka, Leopold Sedar Senghor, and Gwendolyn Brooks and a performance by jazz drummer Max Roach. Volume 6 of the Voices and Visions series on American poets that originally aired on public television. Documentary, 56 min., VHS, dir: St. Clair Bourne.
Language You Cry In, The: The Story of Mende Song (1998) - A documentary that searches for links between African Americans and their ancestors. This film bridges the gaps between 18th century Sierra Leone and present day Georgia. Documentary, 52:34 min., VHS, dir: Alvaro Toepke and Angel Serrano.
Last Angel of History, The (1996) - This documentary explores the experience of the African diaspora by means of parallels with some topoics in science fiction such as alien abduction, estrangement, and genetic engineering. The analyzed and/or interviewed cultural figures are artists George Clinton and Sun Ra, authors Samuel R. Delaney and Octavia Butler, musicians DJ Spooky, Goldie, and Derrick May, astronaut Dr. Bernard A. Harris Jr., actress Nichelle Nichols, novelist Ishmael Reed, and cultural critics Greg Tate and Kodwo Eshun. Documentary, 45 min., DVD, dir: John Akomfrah.
Last Brickmaker in America, The (2001) - In this made-for-television drama, an old brickmaker named Henry Cobb (Sidney Poitier) does not find joy in life following the death of his wife until he meets a troubled thirteen-year-old boy and becomes his role model. Drama, 85 min., DVD, dir: Gregg Champion.
Last Dragon, The (1985) - Leroy Green, a martial arts student, battles Sho'nuff - the Shogun of Harlem. Includes music by Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Vanity and DeBarge. Action, 108 min., DVD, Blu-ray (30th anniversary ed.), dir: Michael A. Schultz.
Last Grave at Dimbaza (1974) - A documentary on apartheid in South Africa and its everyday reality for the majority of South Africa's population--the Blacks and other "colored" peoples. The film examines the harsh living and working conditions of Blacks, and the inequities to which they are subjected in white-ruled South Africa. Shot secretly by a black South African filmmaker and critic of that country's policies in 1973-4. Documentary, 45 min., VHS, dir: Nana Mahamo.
Last Holiday (2006) - Georgia Byrd (played by Queen Latifah) is a clerk at a department store who is living a mediocre life. When she is told that she has a terminal illness, she decides to take an elaborate vacation and make the best of the remainder of her life. Adventure, comedy, drama, 111 min., DVD, dir: Wayne Wang.
Last King of Scotland, The (2006) - Based on the events of the brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin's regime as seen by his personal physician during the 1970s. Drama, 123 min., DVD, dir: Kevin MacDonald.
Last of the Blue Devils, The (1979) - A documentary recollection of music and musicians associated with Kansas City, in the 1930s features Count Basie and his orchestra, Big Joe Turner, and Jay McShann. Documentary, 90 min., 35mm, DVD, dir: Bruce Ricker.
Last Rumba of Papa Montero, The (La Ultima rumba de Papa Montero) (1992) - Explore the sensuous rhythms and movements of the dance style known as the rumba, as demonstrated by the celebrated Havana rumbero Papa Montero in this evocative and bittersweet documentary. Blending vintage documentary footage with meticulously staged recreations, filmmaker Octavio Cortázar subtly connects the dancer's tragic assassination at Carnival with the passing of a cultural era in Cuban life. Documentary, 52 min., DVD, dir: Octavio Cortazar.
Laugh, a Tear, A (1990) - A documentary, narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, delineates the history of African American comedians and black comedy/humor in America from Bert Williams to the present. It includes clips from stand up comedy routines, television sitcoms, and movies. Documentary, 117 min., VHS, dir: n/a.
Laurent Gbagbo : La Force d'un destin, 1945-2000 (2003) - Biographic film on Laurent Gbagbo that follows his political journey from his opposition to the regime of President Félix Houphouët-Boigny and his resulting exile and imprisionment, to the start of his own term as president of Cote d'Ivoire. From the Josef Gugler African and Middle Eastern Film Collection (COL 12). Documentary, 120 min., DVD, dir: Henri Duparc.
Lazybones (1941) - Dorothy Dandridge is a dancing maid along with Peter Ray as a butler in a non-speaking role while Hoagy Carmichael sings and plays the piano. Music Performance, 3 min., 16mm, VHS, dir: Dudley Murphy.
Lazy Days (1929) - Lazy Farina just barely manages to rouse himself when Joe reports that there's a baby contest in town in which he might win $50. Farina gives his infant brother a bath and dresses him but rests under a tree after awhile, until Joe and the gang come by and tell the show happened a month ago. Allen Hoskins stars as Farina. Part of the Our Gang series of shorts. Comedy, 20 min., DVD, dir: Robert F. McGowan.
LBJ (1968) - An abstract look at the 1960s political scene in the United States through the lives of Martin Luther King, Bobby Kennedy, and John F. Kennedy. Using musical and photo montages, various scenes from the era are depicted along with animated cut scenes and short film clips of speeches by Martin Luther King and Stokley Carmichael. Documentary, 15 min., DVD, dir: Santiago Alvarez.
Leadbelly (1976) - Drama about the legendary blues composer-singer Huddie Ledbetter, better known as Leadbelly, the great American folk singer and 12-string guitarist who died in 1949 at the age of 60. The story is told in the context of the visit of John Lomax, the musicologist and collector of folk songs, made to a Louisiana prison in 1933 to record for the Library of Congress the repertoire of this black man renowned for his back-country songs. Drama, 126 min., 16mm, dir: Gordon Parks.
Lean on Me (1989) - A fictional depiction of Joe Clark (Morgan Freeman), the controversial principal of Eastside High School in Patterson, New Jersey, shows him standing against parents, teachers, and the state for his approach to the betterment of Eastside's students. Drama, 109 min., VHS, dir: John B. Avildsen.
Learning Tree, The (1969) - The film is based on the autobiographical novel by photo-journalist Gordon Parks. The film treats the lives of black teenagers growing up in Kansas in the 1920s. Joseph Wilcots is cinematographer; Parks composed the music score. Drama, 106 min., 16mm, VHS, DVD, dir: Gordon Parks.
Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) - Cecil Gaines served as a butler in the White House for eight presidents. Throughout his career he witnessed the Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam, the Black Panther Party and various other life-changing events that shaped the country. Drama, 132 min., DVD, dir: Lee Daniels.
Legacy (2006) - This short documentary examines the legacy of slavery and it's effect on mother/daughter relationships in African Caribbean culture. Documentary, 17 min., DVD, dir: Inge Blackman.
Legacy: Bill Walker (1991) - Acting legend Bill Walker (1896-1992) is interviewed the year before his death. Produced by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation for the "Legacy" series. Interview, 66 min., DVD, dir: Terry Sanders.
Legacy: Black Ops (2010) - Black Ops operative Malcolm Gray returns home after a botched mission in Eastern Europe. Holed up in a Brooklyn motel room, he is torn between retribution and personal salvation as he mentally unravels. When the walls close in, his story may be all he can leave behind. Action, 93 min., DVD, dir: Thomas Ikimi.
Legacy: A Film by Tod Lending (2000) - This film chronicles five years in the life of three generations of African American women living in Chicago's Henry Horner Homes public housing projects. They contend, on a daily basis, with violence, racism, substance abuse, unemployment, female-headed families and childcare. In 2000, the documentary was an Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary Feature and in 2001 a National Emmy Nominee for Best Documentary. Documentary, 90 min., DVD, dir: Tod Lending.
Legacy of a Dream (1974) - Narrated by James Earl Jones, the film conveys the drama and historical perspective of the 1950s and 1960s and shows the influence of those events on today. Earlier voter registration campaigns are contrasted to recent elections of Black mayors, officials and congressmen. Blue Ribbon Award American Film Festival, New York (citizenship category); First Prize Gold Medal and Special Jury award, Atlanta Film Festival. Documentary, 29 min., 16mm, VHS, 3/4", dir: Richard Kaplan.
Legacy of Torture (2007) - "The War Against The Black Liberation Movement." This film interviews several former Black Panther members. It discusses how "in 2005 several former members of the Black Panther were held in contempt and jailed for refusing to testify before a San Francisco Grand Jury investigating a police shooting that took place in 1971. The government alleged that Black radical groups were involved in the 34-year old case in which two men armed with shotguns attacked the Ingleside Police Station resulting in the death of a police sergeant and the injuring of a civilian clerk." Documentary, 28 min., DVD, dir: Andres Alegria.
Legend of Nigger Charley, The (1972) - Set in the pre- Civil War South, this western adventure follows three escaped Virginia slaves on their journey into the West. The already arduous journey is made worse by the dogged bounty hunter who pursues them. Starring Fred Williamson as “Nigger Charley,” D’Urville Martin, andDon Pedro Colley. Action, 98 min., DVD, dir: Martin Goldman.
Lemonade (2016) - Aired originally on HBO, this film features Beyoncé’s album Lemonade. Beyoncé tells a story through music and poetry by Warson Shire. She covers many themes including infidelity, forgiveness, healing, and the challenges of being a black woman in America. Music, min., DVD + CD, dir: Fred Dresch.
Lemonade Suite (1981) - A performance of the dance "Lemonade Suite" with music by Kenneth L. Ware and choreography by Iris Rosa. The performance was produced by the Afro-American Arts Institute at Indiana University. Dance, 28 min., VHS, dir: John R. Winninger.
Lena Baker Story, The (2008) - A chronicle of the life of Lena Baker, the first woman to be sent to the electric chair in Georgia for the murder of her employer, who forced her into sexual slavery. Drama, 106 min., DVD, dir: Ralph Wilcox.
Let Freedom Sing: How Music Inspired the Civil Rights Movement (2009) - For a brief moment in time, a few daring, innovative musicians stood at the crossroads of a revolution in music and culture. Across one of the most turbulent periods in American history-from the early Civil Rights Era to Watergate-they brought music, medium and message together as never before, composing a soundtrack perfectly tuned to the tempo and pulse of its time. Documentary, 102 min., DVD, dir: Jon Goodman.
Let the Church Say Amen! (1972) - Focuses on the role of the contemporary black church from the viewpoint of a young man from his seminary experience to the pastorate. Received bronze medal in International Film and Television festival in New York. Documentary, 78 min., 16mm, dir: St. Clair Bourne.
Let the Church Say Amen (2003) - The World Missions for Christ Church is a little church which fights homelessness, violence, and drug addiction in a poor community where the city government is helpless due to lack of resources. Documentary, 87 min., DVD, dir: David Petersen.
Let the Fire Burn (2013) - Working entirely from archival footage, filmmaker Jason Osder reconstructs the confrontations between Philadelphia police and the controversial radical group MOVE. On May 13, 1985, Local authorities authorized police to drop military-grade explosives onto a MOVE-occupied rowhouse, killing 11 (including 5 children), and destroying 61 neighboring homes. Footage from the public hearings to investigate the city’s actions, local news coverage, and archival interviews bring back to life one of the most tumultuous and largely forgotten conflicts between government and citizens in modern American history. Documentary, DVD, 95 min., dir: Jason Osder.
Let Us Break Bread Together (1954) - A film by the City of New York Board of Education. The film tells the story of how schools and a community in one school district in New York City worked together to build brotherhood. The Intervisitation program promoted racial integration, intergroup tolerance, and understanding amongst children, parents, and educators. Documentary, 26 min., DVD, dir: Edward G. Bernard.
Lethal Weapon 4 (1998) - The fourth sequel in the Lethal Weapon series. The film revolves around the plot to smuggle illegal aliens from China to work as virtual slaves in the United States. Danny Glover is Roger Murtaugh; Chris Rock, Lee Butters. Action, 127 min., VHS, dir: Richard Donner.
Let's Do It Again (1975) - Boxer Bootney Farnsworth (Jimmie Walker) is set up by Billy Foster (Bill Cosby) and Clyde Williams (Sidney Poitier) in a title match and the trouble begins when the bets are laid with mobsters. Comedy, 112 min., VHS, dir: Sidney Poitier.
Let's Scuffle (1942) - Short musical performance with Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson. Music Performance, 3 min., 16mm, dir: n/a.
Let's Unwind (undated) - Part of "Black Visions / Silver Screen: HU Student Film Showcase: Show #3 Music Videos" from the S. Torriano Berry Collection (COL 3). Music Video, 4 min., DVD, dir: Kinyette Newman, Sherelle Williams, Valerie Mosby, and Monique Lindsay.
Letter to the President (2004) - This film depicts Hip-Hop music and culture as a form of rebellion against the official American social policy beginning in the early 1970s. Featured are interviews with KRS1, Common, Davey D, Niger Innis, Slick Rick, Doug E. Fresh, The Black Eyed Peas, James Bernard, Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, Nelson George, Kool Moe Dee, and many others. The film's producer describes it as "the urban version of [Michael Moore's 2004 documentary] Fahrenheit 9/11." Documentary, 90 min., DVD, dir: Thomas Gibson.
Liberators: Fighting on Two Fronts in World War II (1992) - The documentary tells the story of African American battalions focussing on the 761st, which spearheaded General Patton's Third Army and helped to liberate the concentration camps at Buchenwald, Dachau and Lambach. Documentary, 90 min., VHS, dir: William Miles.
Liberty Kid (2007) - Drama that follows two friends who lose their concession-stand jobs at the Statue of Liberty after the September 11th terrorist attacks. It follows them into their struggles to support themselves and their families, including one's decision to join the Army under the pretenses that war in Iraq will not happen. Drama, 92 min., DVD, dir: Ilya Chaiken.
Library of Congress Tape - Includes A Bucket of Cream Ale (1904); Dancing Darkey Boy (1897); The Gator and the Pickaninny (1903); Native Women Coaling a Ship at St. Thomas, D.W.I. (1903); Native Women Washing a Negro Baby in Nassau, B.I. (1903); Native Women Washing Clothes at St. Vincent, D.W.I. (1903); Nellie, the Beautiful Housemaid (1908); A Nigger in the Woodpile (1904); Paul J. Rainey's African Hunt (1912); Pompey's Honey Girl (1905); Watermelon Contest (1896); West Indian Girls in Native Dance (1903); Who Said Chicken?1 (1900). Compilation, VHS, dir: Various
Lies We Tell but the Secrets We Keep, The (2014) - Roni and Bri have fallen in a forbidden love, where lies and secrets lead to the end of their relationship. Bri tries desperately to move on and forget her past love with Roni. But, she is in for an unexpected surprise. Drama, 97 min., DVD, dir: Milon V. Parker.
Life (1999) - A series of unfortunate events befall Ray Gibson (Eddie Murphy) and Claude Banks (Martin Lawrence) in this comedic drama. Framed for murder by a southern sheriff, the two men serve life sentences but hold out hope that they Comedy, 108 min., VHS, dir: Ted Demme.
Life above All (2010) - After the death of her newborn sister, 12 year old Chanda learns of a distrubing rumor that, after spreading through the village, forces her mother to flee. Chanda eventually leaves home and school to reunite with her mother and learn the truth. Drama, 100 min., DVD, dir: Oliver Schmitz.
Life and Debt (2001) - Jamaica won its independence from Great Britain in 1962, and in 1977, facing economic difficulties, it struck a deal with some economic institutions with the help of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The film shows that by the beginning of the twenty-first century the policy of "free trade" in the global economy has devastated the country. Documentary, 86 min., DVD, dir: Stephanie Black.
Life and Times of Prof. Chinua Achebe, The (2013) - Footage from the funeral of author Chinua Achebe. Documentary, n/a min., DVD, dir: n/a.
Life and Times of Sara Baartman, The: The Hottentot Venus (1998) - Sara Baartman was taken from her home in South Africa in 1789 and displayed all over London and France as “The Hottentot Venus.” She was stereotyped as black, barbaric, and sexual. Despite many abolitionists who tried to free her, she remained an object of display until the time of her death and beyond, as her brain, skeleton and sexual organs remained on display in Paris museum until 1974. Documentary, 52:35 min., VHS, dir: Zola Maseko.
Life Is a Saxophone (1985) - The film focuses on the oral interpretations of poet, Kamau Da'oud, recipient of Black American Cinema Society's 1985 Award of Special Merit, whose works are translated into several other mediums. Dadisi Sanyika interprets the poet's works through the martial arts, Washington through dance, Gale Fulton-Ross through sketching, and Roberto Miguel Miranda, Dadisi Wells Komolafe, and Nirankar Singh Khalsa through music. Documentary, 58 min., VHS, dir: Saundra Pearl Sharp.
Life on Earth (La Vie sur Terre) (1998) - A Malian man returns to his family's village from Paris just before the dawn of the new millenium and is struck by how stagnated life seems there compared to the ever-changing modern world. While home, he strikes up a friendship with a villager named Nana, and they contemplate the future. From the Josef Gugler African and Middle Eastern Film Collection (COL 12). Comedy, drama, 61 min., DVD, dir: Abderrahmane Sissako.
Lift (2001) - Niecy (Kerry Washington) works at an upscale department store in Boston. She has a taste for the finer things in life and becomes a skilled shoplifter in order to obtain luxury items she craves. Drama, 85 min., DVD, dir: DeMane Davis.
Lift Every Voice and Sing: The Negro National Anthem (2001) - This program about the Negro National Anthem includes a talk given by Julian Bond about the book he co-edited entitled Lift Every Voice and Sing: A Celebration of the Negro National Anthem, 100 Years, 100 Voices as well as a performance of the song by The Black Voices of the University of Virginia Choir. The event took place February 13, 2001 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Television, 42 min., DVD, dir: n/a.
Light, The (1988) - Vera is a former singer in a jazz band who left her music career for a more stable life. She marries a preacher who does not agree with Vera's taste in music - the "Devil's music". Her former bandmate and lover encourages her to re-join the band. After a struggle, she decides to stay with her husband. Drama, 23 min., Betacam SP, dir: S. Torriano Berry.
Lilies of the Field (1963) - Sidney Poitier won an Oscar for his role as a traveling vegabond who befriends a group of immigrant nuns and helps them build a missionary school. Drama, 94 min., VHS, dir: Ralph Nelson.
Lion of the Desert (1980) - In the Fascist Italy Pre-World War II of Benito Mussolini, the cruel General Rodolfo Graziani is directly assigned by Il Duce to fight in the colonial war in Libya to vanquish the Arab nation. However, his troops are frequently defeated by the national leader Omar Mukhtar and his army of Bedouins. But the Butcher of Ethiopia and Libya uses a dirty war against the natives, slaughtering children, women and aged people, to subdue Mukhtar. From the Josef Gugler African and Middle Eastern Film Collection (COL 12). Drama, war, 173 min., DVD, dir: Moustapha Akkad.
Lion Tamer, The (1934) - Animated Amos n' Andy short. Children, 9 min., VHS, dir: George Stallings.
Lions of the African Night (1987) - This nature documentary produced by the National Geographic Society captures intimate glimpses of lion behavior in Kruger National Park, South Africa. Documentary, 60 min., 16mm, dir: Carol & David Hughes.
Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones (1990) - The film captures the musical genius of the mega-hit producer Quincy Jones, through interviews with him, his family, and celebrity friends, as well as clips from movie soundtracks and artistic performances. Documentary, 115 min., DVD, dir: Ellen Weissbrod.
Litany for Survival: The Life & Works of Audre Lorde (1995) - Audre Lorde's life and work embodied the intersection of three social protest movements: civil rights, women's rights and gay-lesbians' rights. This documentary shows Lorde as a charismatic person who lived life on her own terms. Documentary, 56 min., VHS, dir: Ada Gay Griffin & Michelle Parkerson.
Little Beau Porky (1936) - On Cartoon Collection III. Children, 8 min., VHS, dir: Frank Tash.
Little Black Sambo (1933) - This film is an animated version of the old story with Sambo as a black child with a dog, and a mother who seems to be part of the American scene. This tiger doesn't turn to butter but is outwitted and physically beaten by Sambo and his dog. Comedy, 8 min., 16mm, VHS, dir: U. B. Iwerks.
Little Ol' Bosko and the Cannibals (1937) - Bosko imagines he is on an island with cannibals. Children, 7 min., VHS, dir: Hugh Harman.
Little Ol' Bosko and the Pirates (1937) - In this cartoon a frog colony impersonates Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong and the Mills Brothers. Children, 7 min., VHS, dir: Hugh Harman.
Little Ol' Bosko in Bagdad (1938) - Bosko is walking through the woods one evening and wishes for an Arabian carpet so that he no longer has to walk. A genie appears, grants him his wish and the carpet takes him to Baghdad. Children, 10 min., VHS, dir: Hugh Harman.
Little Rascals Collection, The (2008) -This eight disc set spans the years of 1929-1938. It contains all 80 original Rascals theatrical "talkies" in their entirety. All were produced by Hall Roach and distributed by MGM. Comedy, 1,375 min., DVD, dir: N/A.
Little Rascals Comedy Classics, vol. II (1929-1938) - This video includes shorts from Our Gang television series. Pay as You Exit (1936); Three Smart Boys (1937); Our Gang Follies (1938); Shivering Shakespeare (1929); The First (1934); Fishy Tales (1937). Children, 90 min., VHS, dir: Hal Roach.
Live and Become (2005) - The magnificent, epic story of an Ethiopian boy who is airlifted from a Sudanese refugee camp to Israel in 1984 during Operation Moses. Shlomo is plagued by two big secrets: He is neither a Jew nor an orphan, just an African boy who survived and wants, somehow, to fulfill his Ethiopian mother’s parting request that he go, live, and become. Buoyed by a profound and unfaltering motherly love both in his memory and in the arms of his adoptive mother he ultimately finds an identity and a happiness all his own.Drama, 140 min., DVD, dir: Radu Mihaileanu.
Living in Bondage [Ibo Version] (1992) - Nigerian Nollywood film about a down and out businessman who uses witchcraft to get ahead. From the Josef Gugler African and Middle Eastern Film Collection (COL 12). Drama, 163 min., VHS, dir: Chris Obi Rapu.
Living in Bondage 2 [Ibo Version] (1994) - Nigerian Nollywood sequel to Living in Bondage. From the Josef Gugler African and Middle Eastern Film Collection (COL 12). Drama, 120 min., VHS, dir: Chika Onu.
Living with Pride: Ruth C. Ellis @ 100 (1999) - Ruth Ellis talks about her childhood in Springfield, Illinois & being black, out & gay. She witnessed three riots during her life, one race riot in Springfield, in 1908; and one arson-turned-riot in Detroit in 1969. She lived her adult life in Detroit with her partner, Ceciline "Babe" Franklin. Ellis joined the local lesbian group as a senior citizen, who adopted her as their living legacy and source of guidance. Documentary, 60 min., VHS, dir: Yvonne Welbon.
Lockin' Up (1997) - This film explores the social and political significance of dreadlocks in African-American culture, using conversations, personal stories, and interviews. It won Third Prize in the Documentary category from Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame, Inc. Documentary, 30 min., VHS, dir: T. Nicole Atkinson.
Lombara, El- (Ellombara) (2002?) - Film about Tunisian social and political refugees. From the Josef Gugler African and Middle Eastern Film Collection (COL 12). Drama, 120 min., DVD, dir: Ali Abidy.
London River (2009) - Algerian film about a mother from Guernsey and a black Muslim immigrant from France who travel to London to check on their missing children in the wake of the 2005 terror attack on the city. They come to discover that their children had been living together at the time of the attacks. From the Josef Gugler African and Middle Eastern Film Collection (COL 12). Drama, mystery, 88 min., DVD, dir: Rachi Bouchareb.
Long Kiss Goodnight, The (1996) - In this collaboration between star Geena Davis (as Samantha Caine) and her now ex-husband, director Renny Harlin, Samuel L. Jackson stars as a detective hired to uncover Samantha's past as a government assassin. Action, 120 min., VHS, dir: Renny Harlin.
Long Walk Home, The (1990) - Odessa Carter (Whoopi Goldberg), a maid for the white Thompson family, is caught in the middle of the Montgomery bus boycott. Mrs. Thompson (Sissy Spacek) stands up to white racists and her husband (Dwight Schultz) when they discover she is helping car pool "Negroes" to work. Drama, 98 min., DVD, dir: Richard Pearce.
Long Walk of Nelson Mandela, The (1999) - Frontline presents the story of the man behind the myth, probing Mandela’s character, leadership and life’s method through intimate recollections with friends, political allies, adversaries, and his fellow prisoners and jailers on Robben Island, where Mandela spent 18 of his 27 prison years, transforming himself in prison from an impetuous, risk-taking radical into a mature leader and statesman. Documentary, 120 min., DVD, dir. Clifford Bestall.
Looking for Langston (1989) - Character prose and poetry are used to pay homage to the life of poet, activist, Langston Hughes in this film by Afro-British filmmaker Isaac Julien. Drama, 45 min., VHS, DVD, dir: Isaac Julien.
Lookout Sister (1948) - Musical with a minor plot featuring Louis Jordan and his Caledonia Tympany Band. Musical, 64 min., VHS, dir: Bud Pollard.
Loose Change Meets Zeitgist (2007) - Questions and controversies surrounding the tragic events and aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001. Part of the S. Torriano Berry Collection (COL 3). Documentary, 56 min., DVD, dir: ?
Lorenzo Tucker in Early Black Films, 1926-1946 (1985) - This short documentary presents film clips featuring the multidimensional actor Lorenzo Tucker. He is also interviewed by Valerie Shaw and Tucker comments on his long career in film and theater as well as the state of black actors and filmmakers in Hollywood in the mid-1980s. Documentary, 25 min., VHS, dir: Mark A. Johnson.
Lorraine Hansberry: The Black Experience in the Creation (1975) - Traces life of Lorraine Hansberry, leading black playwright from childhood to her early death at the age of 34. Excerpts from her plays include: A Raisin In The Sun, The Sign In Sidney Brustein's Window, Les Blancs. Includes interviews and rare photographic stills. Documentary, 35 min., 16mm, dir: Ralph J. Tangney.
Losing Ground (1982) - Professor Sarah Rogers (Seret Scott) and her artist husband (Bill Gunn) come to an impasse in their marriage. In her research on and pursuit of ecstasy, Sarah meets Duke Richards (Duane Jones) who changes her life. Billie Allen plays her mother; Gary Bolling is one of her students who involves Sarah in his film. Drama, 86 min., 16mm, Blu-ray, dir: Kathleen Collins.
Lost Boundaries (1949) - Based on the true story of a New Hampshire physician "passing" for white and his children who are unaware of their Negro blood. Mel Ferrer and Beatrice Pearson play the mulatto physician and his wife. Drama, 99 min., 16mm, dir: Werker.
Lost in the Stars (1974) - Musical version of Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton, stars Brock Peters as Stephen Kumalo in search of his son Absalom who has left his home for Johannesburg. The tragedy of two families dramatizes the tragedy of South Africa. Much of the film was shot in Jamaica. Musical, 97 min., DVD, dir: Daniel Mann.
Lottery Ticket (2010) - Kevin Carson is a young man living in the projects who has to survive a three-day weekend after his opportunistic neighbors find out he's holding a winning lottery ticket worth $370 million. Comedy, 99 min., DVD, dir: Erik White.
Louie Bluie (1985) - About the obscure country-blues musician and idiosyncratic visual artist Howard "Louie Bluie" Armstrong, member of the last known black string band in America. Documentary, 60 min., DVD, dir: Terry Zwigoff.
Love & Basketball (2000) - Marks the directorial debut of Gina Princes-Bythewood about childhood sweethearts (Omar Epps) and (Sanaa Lathan) who become basketball stars. Drama, 127 min., DVD, dir: Gina Prince-Bythewood.
Love Brewed in the African Pot (1981) - Love collides with social class and colonialism when Aba Appiah, born to privilege, falls in love with Joe Quansah, son of a fisherman. Her father, retired civil servant Kofi Appiah, has other plans for her, and seeks to block their marriage. The resulting conflict has complex and unexpected consequences. Ghanian film. From the Josef Gugler African and Middle Eastern Film Collection (COL 12). Comedy, drama, 118 min., VCD, dir: Kwaw Ansah.
Love Bug (1920) - This short piece, only existing footage, dramatizes the love triangle between two women and a man. The man writes a love note to two women and are told to wait at the same destination for his arrival. Before he arrives, the women learn they share the same note and are equipped with a straight razor and gun to confront the man. Comedy, 3 min., VHS, 3/4", dir: Richard E. Norman.
Love Jones (1997) - Written and directed by newcomer Theodore "Ted" Witcher, the film focuses on a middle-class black couple Darius (Larenz Tate) and Nina (Nia Long) who in their 20s fall in and out of love. Drama, 110 min., VHS, dir: Theodore Witcher.
Love on the Range (1939) - This George Pal Puppetoon pits good vs. evil in a battle for Cowgirl, the cowboy way. Children, 6 min., VHS, dir: George Pal.
Love, Sex & Eating the Bones (2003) - Jasmine and Michael decide to have sex with one another to end their long spells of celibacy. Jasmine had been hurt by her last relationship, and Michael remained committed to porn. When Jasmine is finally ready, Michael finds himself unable to perform without porn. The two have to solve the problem with costumes, toys, food, and even meaningful conversation. Comedy, 100min., DVD, dir: Sudz Sutherland.
Love War, part 1 & 2 (2009) - He wanted to save her from dying of a disease, but his family did not approve. They thought he should get married and not waste his money trying to save her. When his family arranged a marriage for him he can't tell her because he fears her reaction. Will she find out? How will that affect her health? Drama, 75 min., DVD, dir: Pascal Kelechi Amanfo.
Love War, part 3 & 4 (2009) - When he tried to save her from a deadly disease, he ended up losing everything. Now, she went back to a former lover but he cannot get over her. Why? Drama, 54 min., DVD, dir: Pascal Kelechi Amanfo.
Low Down Dirty Shame (1994) - Keenen Ivory Wayans plays Shame, a down-on-his luck ex-policeman turned private investigator. He's hired by Sonny (Charles S. Dutton), a drug enforcement official, to track down his former girlfriend Angela (Salli Richardson) and $20 million in stolen drug money. With his trusty sidekick Peaches (Jada Pinkett Smith), Shame aims to make money and clear his name in what becomes his wildest and most dangerous assignment. Comedy, 100 min., VHS, DVD, dir: Keenen Ivory Wayans.
Lucía (1968) - Traces episodes in the lives of three Cuban women, each named Lucía, from three different historical periods: the Cuban war of independence (with Spain), the 1930's, and the 1960's. Drama, 160 min., DVD, dir: Humberto Solás.
Lucky Ghost (1941) - Mantan Moreland does a bug-eyed bit in this comedy successor to Mr. Washington Goes to Town. Comedy, 69 min., VHS, DVD, dir: William Beaudine.
Lumiere & Company (Lumière et compagnie) (1995) - Forty international directors were each asked to make a short film using the original Cinematographe invented by the Lumière brothers. There were three rules: (1) The film could be no longer than 52 seconds, (2) no synchronized sound was permitted, and (3) no more than three takes. Includes shorts by Spike Lee, Merzak Allouache (Algeria), Gaton Karboré (Burkina Faso), and Idrissa Ouedraogo (Burkina Faso). From the Josef Gugler African and Middle Eastern Film Collection (COL 12). Experimental, compilation, 88 min., DVD, dir: [multiple].
Lumumba (2000) - As Lumumba awaits his execution, he relives his memory of his leadership towards Congo's independence from Belgium. Drama, 115 min., DVD, dir: Raoul Peck.
Lumumba: la mort du prophete (1992) - Documentary about African political leader Patrice Lumumba, who was Prime Minister of Zaire (now Congo) when he was assassinated in 1961. Documentary, 70 min., DVD, dir: Raoul Peck.
Luther, seasons 1-4 (2010-2015) - Starring Idris Elba, John Luther is a detective who is considered a near genius. Despite his gift of solving crimes, he encounters many dangerous and violent situations. Crime, drama, mystery , 920 min., Blu-Ray, dir: multiple directors.
LUV (2012) - 11-year-old Woody (Michael Rainy Jr.) gets a crash course in what it means to be a man when he spends a day with his ex-convict uncle, Vincent (Common), whom he idolizes. Also starring Lonette McKee, Danny Glover, Dennis Haysbert, Charles S. Dutton, and Megan Good. Drama, 94 min., DVD, dir: Sheldon Candis.
Lying Lips (1939) - Elsie Bellwood (Edna Mae Harris), a young nightclub singer, is convicted and sent to prison for the murder of her aunt. Benjamin (Carman Newsome) who is in love with Elsie and Detective Wanzer (Robert Earl Jones) set out to prove her innocence. They do and Elsie and Benjamin are married after she is pardoned and released from prison. Drama, 60 min., VHS, dir: Oscar Micheaux.
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