Ganja & Hess

Flirting with the conventions of blaxploitation and the horror cinema, Bill Gunn’s revolutionary independent film GANJA & HESS is a highly stylized and utterly... Read more

Ganja & Hess

Directed by Bill Gunn

Year: 1973
Running Time: 113
Color Type: Color
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Country: U.S.
Language: English
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Ganja & Hess

Cast
Mabel King
Leonard Jackson
Sam Waymon
Duane Jones
Marlene Clark
Bill Gunn

Crew
Writer Bill Gunn
Produced by Chiz Schults
Directed by Bill Gunn


Flirting with the conventions of blaxploitation and the horror cinema, Bill Gunn’s revolutionary independent film GANJA & HESS is a highly stylized and utterly original treatise on sex, religion, and African American identity. Duane Jones (Night of the Living Dead) stars as anthropologist Hess Green, who is stabbed with an ancient ceremonial dagger by his unstable assistant (director Bill Gunn), endowing him with the blessing of immortality, and the curse of an unquenchable thirst for blood. When the assistant’s beautiful and outspoken wife Ganja (Marlene Clark) comes searching for her vanished husband, she and Hess form an unexpected partnership. Together, they explore just how much power there is in the blood.

Later recut and released in an inferior version, this edition represents the original release, restored by The Museum of Modern Art with support from The Film Foundation, and mastered in HD from a 35mm negative.

Reviews

“One of the most literate, allegorical, and evasive of all horror films.” - David Walker and Tim Lucas, Video Watchdog

“AN UNDERGROUND CLASSIC... the most complicated, intriguing, subtle, sophisticated, and passionate Black film of the Seventies.” - James Monaco, American Film Now



Awards

  • Official Selection Cannes Film Festival

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PLAYDATES

Venue City Date
Northwest Film Center Portland 1533960000August 11, 2018
SF MoMA San Francisco 1532664000July 27, 2018
Winnipeg Film Group Winnipeg 1528344000June 7, 2018
Cleveland Cinematheque Cleveland 1528344000June 7 - June 8, 2018
Metrograph New York 1527652800May 30 - June 7, 2018


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