Based on the terrifically successful 1940 novel by Richard Wright and shot in Argentina, this striking work tells the story of the accidental death of a white Chicago heiress at the hands of a young black man from the South Side. It stars the author in the lead role of Bigger Thomas, the “horror” of which Baldwin suggested “was later abundantly justified.” In his first major essay, “Everybody’s Protest Novel,” Baldwin speculated that “below the surface of his novel there lies, as it seems to me, a continuation, a compliment of that monstrous legend it was intended to destroy.”

  • Directed By Pierre Chenal
  • 1951
  • Argentina/USA
  • English, Spanish with subtitles
  • 35mm
  • 104 minutes