Tag Archives: 1960s

Black Like Me (1964) Carl Lerner, James Whitmore, Sorrell Booke, Roscoe Lee Browne, Drama

Black Like Me (Carl Lerner, 1964)
Black Like Me is the true account of John Griffin’s experiences when he passed as a black man. John Horton takes treatments to darken his skin and leaves his home in Texas to travel throughout the South. At one stop, Horton encounters a black shoe shine man, Burt Wilson, who befriends him and shows him how to “act right” so that he can fit more easily into the African American culture. It is through Wilson that Horton learns the art of shining shoes. Most of his encounters with whites are quite degrading and disturb him. As a hitchhiker, John meets several white men who refer to black men and women in disparaging ways which angers John. Throughout the movie, John is harassed and persecuted by whites without reason. In one of his many stops throughout the South, John finds himself on a park bench sitting by a white woman. A white man walks by and says, “You’d better find another place to sit.” Even though he had a college degree, menial jobs were all that he could find.
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Seddok, l’erede di Satana / Atom Age Vampire (1960) Anton Giulio Majano, Alberto Lupo, Susanne Loret, Sergio Fantoni, Horror, Sci-Fi

Seddok, l'erede di Satana (Anton Giulio Majano, 1960)
A stripper is horribly disfigured in a car accident. A brilliant scientist develops a treatment that restores her beauty and falls in love with her. To preserve her appearance the doctor must give her additional treatments using glands taken from murdered women. His unexplained ability to turn into a hideous monster helps with this problem but does nothing to win her love. The doctor’s woes multiply as the police and the girl’s boyfriend begin to close in on him.
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