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Nothing But A Man

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Director: Michael Roemer
1964 / 95min / 35mm

New in town railway worker Duff (Ivan Dixon) meets minister’s daughter Josie (Abbey Lincoln) in Jim Crow Birmingham, where every aspect of daily life—work, relationships, parenthood, church—is tainted by pervasive, systemic racism. A noted landmark of independent cinema co-written by director Roemer and cinematographer Robert M. Young, the significance of Nothing But a Man stretches far beyond its groundbreaking independent production history. In telling the story of Duff’s difficult courtship, every performance, every emotion, every interaction is of such clarity and depth, making Nothing But a Man one of those rare films whose greatness can not be overstated. Restored by Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation.