Donald Bogle, author of Toms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mammies, & Bucks, describes Man as an inexpensive but sensitively made movie that offers a grimly realistic and cynical look at black America. Theres a quiet honesty about the movie that revels in the dusty black-and-white of Robert Youngs cinematography, and in the extraordinary performances of Ivan Dixon as railroad worker Duff and Abbey Lincoln as Josie, the schoolteacher Duff falls in love with and eventually marries. Julius Harris appears as Will, Duffs drunken, abusive father, and Gloria Foster as Lee, Wills wife. (Never having the career that her talent warranted, Foster found a new generation of fans with her performance as the oracle in The Matrix.) 7 p.m. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-639-7515 or visit www.mfah.org/film. $6 to $7.
Fri., March 18, 7 p.m., 2011