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still from Blackboard Jungle (Richard Brooks, US 1955)

Blackboard Jungle

Richard Brooks / US, 1955 / 101 min.

Rock ’n’ roll, racial tensions, violence and a white teacher (Glenn Ford) who clings to social ideals in a largely black high school in impoverished downtown New York. Sidney Poitier shines in his role as a rebellious, musically gifted pupil.

poster Blackboard Jungle (Richard Brooks, US 1955)
Opening a film about racial tensions at a New York high school with a rock ’n’ roll number from the soundtrack: this was really ground-breaking. Director Richard Brooks made history with his raw story about an idealistic teacher, Richard Dadier (Glenn Ford), in an interracial school in New York.

Details

Director

Richard Brooks

Production year

1955

Country

US

Original title

Blackboard Jungle

Length

101 min.

Language

English

Subtitles

NLD

Format

35mm

Part of

Sidney Poitier & Denzel Washington

Sidney Poitier was Denzel Washington’s shining example. The actors were good friends, but never played in a film together. This summer, Eye brings them together on the big screen for the first time by showing the best of their films.

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