Tribute to John Singleton
Boyz N the Hood
Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Dir. John Singleton. 1991. 112 mins. Restored DCP. With Cuba Gooding Jr., Laurence Fishburne, Ice Cube, Morris Chestnut, Tye Ferrell. Made when he was just 23 years old, John Singleton's incendiary debut feature is both deeply personal and dramatically classical, with young Tre (Gooding Jr.) moving in with is father (Fishburne) in troubled South Central L.A., a place he can either embrace or transcend, neither of which is an easy proposition. "One of the best American films of recent years. The movie is a thoughtful, realistic look at a young man’s coming of age, and also a human drama of rare power - Academy Award material. Singleton is a director who brings together two attributes not always found in the same film: He has a subject, and he has a style. The film is not only important, but also a joy to watch, because his camera is so confident and he wins such natural performances from his actors." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
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