PAUSE IT: What do you see? A busy New York City street in director Larry Cohen’s, Black Caesar (1973). Fred Williamson, Black Caesar himself, stumbles to the ground. Wounded, the scene is bloody and harrowing. Cohen plays the scene for maximum visceral impact, injecting it with a healthy dose of guerrilla filmmaking technique and big city bravado. Filmed on location, Cohen often employed the use of skeleton crews, the mixing of both professional and nonprofessional actors, hidden cameras, and sometimes shooting illegally at locations without permits. As but one proponent of what was actually a much larger group of gutsy risk takers, Cohen and his cohorts would help usher in a style of filmmaking that would ultimately help to define the post-studio, New Hollywood era. The result was a decade worth of memorable films that strove to demonstrate a greater sense of authenticity.
Director: Larry Cohen
Cast: Fred Williamson, Gloria Hendry, Art Lund
Cinematography by: Fenton Hamilton
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July 20, 2018