NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD

Dir. George A. Romero (1968); 96m


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4th at 10:00pm
 

George A. Romero’s zombie classic was praised for being racially progressive in its time, due to the casting of African American actor Duane Jones in the leading role of Ben. While Romero shrugs off the notion of his film serving as social commentary, its readings and context cannot be ignored, a black actor starring in a film not about race. Jones’ blackness is never mentioned but it is of course always there. Romero’s first film, a grim tale of survival, is credited with bringing the zombie genre into the mainstream, as hundreds of American and Italian films would pour from the inspiration of this masterpiece for years to come