The Spook Who Sat By the Door
DIRECTOR: IVAN DIXON
CAST: LAWRENCE COOK, LAWRENCE COOK, JANET LEAGUE, JANET LEAGUE, PAULA KELLY, PAULA KELLY, J.A. PRESTON, J.A. PRESTON
The first black desk agent in a newly-integrated CIA (Lawrence Cook) goes to an inner-city Chicago guerilla group with his government training and starts planning a coup of his own, the preparations set to a stirring Afrofuturist score courtesy Herbie Hancock. Dixon, star of Nothing But a Man, adapt’s Sam Greenlee’s novel for his debut, an impassioned call to direct action that had a major theatrical release before being quietly smothered by its distributor.
The Spook Who Sat by the Door is screening as part of Metrograph A to Z, a collection of films we think everybody should see.