Pinky, July 21
July 21, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Community Curator: Robert Earl Price
A late 1940’s cinematic look racial identity in the U.S., Pinky was shot in black and white is directed by Elia Kazan. The film earned three Academy Award nominations and was #9 in box office earnings in 1949.
Produced by 20th Century-Fox, then-head of production Darryl F. Zanuck consulted with Walter White, then head of the NAACP. White and his daughter, actress Jane White, collaborated on the final version of the screenplay. Production started with John Ford as director, but he quickly left the film after only a week over intense disagreements with star Ethel Waters. Ford was replaced with now-controversial director Elia Kazan. The swap worked—Kazan directed star Jeanne Crain to a Best Actress nomination and Ethel Barrymore and Ethel Waters to Best Supporting Actress nominations. The film was banned in Marshall, Texas for its depiction of an interracial romance. Marshall, Texas exhibitor W.L. Gelling was convicted of a misdemeanor for showing the film and fined. His conviction was later overturned when the United States Supreme Court declates motion pictures were covered under the First Amendment. Directed by Elia Kazan; starring Jeanne Crain, Ethel Barrymore, Ethel Waters, and William Lundigan; 102 minutes