Native Son

Richard Wright adapts and stars in this film version of his watershed novel about a poor African-American man on trial for murder. Too controversial for Hollywood, Native Son... Read more

Native Son

Directed by Pierre Chenal

Year: 1951
Running Time: 108
Color Type: B&W
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Country: Argentina
Language: English
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Native Son

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Richard Wright
Jean Wallace
Gloria Madison
Nicholas Joy

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Directed by Pierre Chenal
Writer Richard Wright


One of the most controversial novels of its day, Richard Wright's Native Son (first published in 1940) exposed the injustices of urban African-American life, witnessed through the eyes of Bigger Thomas, whose violent tendencies and moral confusion were the natural result of a lifetime of deprivation. In prison for murder and sentenced to death, Thomas reflects on the circumstances that led to his fate.
 
Kino Lorber presents a new restoration of the 1951 film version of the novel, directed by Pierre Chenal and starring Richard Wright as Bigger Thomas. It is presented in association with the Library of Congress, Fernando Martin Peña and Argentina Sono Film. Special thanks to Edgardo Krebs for his years of research into the making of Native Son, and for being a tireless champion of its restoration and re-release. 
 
The film is preceded by a special introduction by film historians Eddie Muller (Film Noir Foundation) and Jacqueline Najima Stewart (co-curator of Kino Lorber's Pioneers of African-American Cinema collection), courtesy of Turner Classic Movies.
 
About the Restoration:
When it was initially released in the U.S., Native Son was heavily censored by regional state/municipal censor boards where it played. A complete 16mm print of the original Argentinian release and an incomplete 35mm duplicate negative of the uncensored cut were combined for the current restoration, the most complete version of Native Son ever shown in the United States.

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