Film Festival Reports
IL CINEMA RITROVATO: SANGRE NEGRA (NATIVE SON) BY PIERRE CHENAL
By Tara Judah
The film wasn’t lost, exactly, just unavailable for a very long time.
Sangre Negra (Native Son, 1951) was heavily censored on release in America; just six weeks after real life events that came a little too close to some of the film’s confronting and contentious racial content. Bigger Thomas (Richard Wright), living in abject poverty with his family in the Chicago slums, is offered a job as a chauffeur for an affluent white family. His past reveals some petty tire theft but he assures his new employers that he has turned over a new leaf and won’t be causing any trouble.