Claudine tries to provide for her six children in Harlem while on welfare. She has a romance with Roop, a cheerful garbageman she meets while working on the side as a maid. —IMDb
John Berry (September 6, 1917 – November 29, 1999) was an American film director, who went into self-exile in France when his career was interrupted by the Hollywood blacklist.
John Berry was born Jak Szold in the Bronx, New York, the son of a Polish Jewish father and a Romanian mother. He began his entertainment career by as a child performer in vaudeville, first going on stage at the age of 4. In his teens, he briefly worked as a boxer under the name Jackie Sold. Berry’s father was a restaurateur, and at one point he owned 28 restaurants around New York City. His father went out of business during the Great Depression, and Berry sought to support himself by working as a comedian and actor.
Mercury Theater & Hollywood
His first big break came when he was hired by the Mercury Theater for a presentation of Julius Caesar that was produced by John Houseman and directed by Orson Welles. Berry acted in other roles with the theater and assisted Welles… read more
So sad that Diana Sands had to drop out because Diahann Carroll got no raw soul. She is the onscreen equivalent of Gladys Knight, who sucks the life out of Curtis Mayfield's music. The cinematography is muddy and the plot a series of signposts on significant topics. But then, in the last thirty minutes, this gets truly weird/fun/extreme, like Lars Von Trier going off the rails, and some awkward truths are revealed.