Tuesday, February 2, 2010

February 2

Happy Birthday to Duane Jones, the secret weapon of Night of The Living Dead. Why? Not because he was a black actor playing the hero, but because he was playing a role and his race was irrelevant. In the 60's, race was never irrelevant, so the subtext of this casting - and Duane's noble, tragic performance - drove the critics wild. He did a few more movies over the decades, but he dedicated himself more towards teaching, until his death in 1988.
Thanks to public domain, we can enjoy the entire film together, via the link below:

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