CAMDEN - Cinémathèque at the Camden Opera House is a new monthly film program celebrating the best of classic, foreign, and cult cinema. This thrilling selection for the big screen aims to challenge, invigorate, and promote dialogue. Casual post-show discussions at nearby 40 Paper will follow each screening, including half-price price drinks starting at 9 p.m.
Join the Camden Opera House for the second Cinémathèque screening, with Spike Lee’s infamously provocative “Jungle Fever” on Monday, February 11 at 7 p.m.
A successful, happily married black architect begins an affair with his white secretary. The relationship is greeted by disapproval from friends, family, and even strangers in a society not ready to accept it.
The complexity of the film emerges as the affair in “Jungle Fever” crosses lines not only of race but of class, morality, family, religion. The black man, Flipper Purify (Wesley Snipes), is an upscale yuppie — an architect living in the aptly named Striver’s Row neighborhood of Harlem. The white woman, Angie Tucci (Annabella Sciorra), is a tough cookie from blue-collar Bensonhurst. Their romance is an impulsive late-night office fling that turns serious when everyone starts pointing fingers at it, and it’s the paranoia behind each of those fingers that really interests this moviemaker.
Entertainment Weekly says that Lee’s movies “…are gorgeous hand grenades lobbed straight at the attitudes that audiences — white and black audiences — don’t like to admit they hold.”
“Jungle Fever” stars Wesley Snipes, Annabella Sciorra, Samuel L. Jackson, and John Turturro, with a full original score by Stevie Wonder. Directed by Spike Lee, 1991, USA, 2 hrs. 12 min.
Cinémathèque will run Mondays at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $8 and available at the door only.