In this lyrical and poetic consideration of the life of revered Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes, film-maker Isaac Julien invokes Hughes as a black gay cultural icon, against an impressionistic, atmospheric setting that parallels a Harlem speakeasy of the 1920s with an 80s London nightclub.
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A film with so many potential elements (specially the beautiful excerpts of Baldwin), but instead is an immense accumulation of music, text and "poetic" images (from Genet to Jarman, a kitsch reinterpretation full of mannerisms, something that I already dislike in a similar film, the "classic" Pink Narcissus).
Beautifully choreographed, although the film felt more like part of a performance piece. Not sure how Julien felt he was alluding to the 'death of the author'- I prefer to read that scene as a glimpse into the director's morbid curiosity (thinking of Jamaica Kincaid's Annie John). Having watched the commentary, thought there could be more ambiguity/ less literal interpretation of texts. Still, gloriously shot.