Last updated on January 5, 2021
Long regarded as the definitive film biography of its subject, the newly restored James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket is a remarkable autoportrait, a social critique and a passionate plea for human equality. Forgoing narration, director Karen Thorsen allows Baldwin to tell his own story in his own words, exploring the consequences of being born black, impoverished, gay and gifted in a world that has yet to understand that “all men are brothers.”
Interpolating rare archival footage and original interviews with friends, family, colleagues and critics (including Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka, William Styron, Ishmael Reed, Yasar Kemal, painter Lucien Happersberger and entertainer Bobby Short), James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket is “a haunting, beautifully made biography” (The Los Angeles Times).
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