A young black pianist becomes embroiled in the lives of an upper-class white family set among the racial tensions, infidelity, violence, and other nostalgic events in early 1900s New York City. Based on the novel by E.L. Doctorow.
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A film all the more disappointing considering how it started off with so much promise. The first half hour or so is outstanding, only for the rest of the film to descend into ineptitude. The black characters are written in one dimensional ways & are purposely put in positions by the white filmmakers to be beholden to the white characters; so that the white characters can stay in control of their narrative. [cont.]
Amazing beginning, downhill from there. At that time nobody was gonna get everyone they knew dead over a fucking car. Joe Lewis got stopped by racist cops over and over again, would throw money in their faces and drive away. Heavyweight champ of the world and he wasn't gonna die over a car. They have the black characters be characture's, and the white character's be intelligent characters; so much wrong in the film.