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Meeting the Man: James Baldwin in Paris

Country: UK | France, Language: English, 26 mins

  • Director: Terence Dixon
  • Writer: Terence Dixon

CGiii Comment

An interesting document...for all the wrong reasons.

Mr Baldwin comes over as difficult, pompous and weirdly accented. As for his aggressive sidekick...what was he all about? It doesn't take a genius to read between the lines!

There's no denying Mr Baldwin's talent and intellect...writers are notoriously difficult subjects, Mr Baldwin is - by far - no exception.


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The(ir) Blurb...

This rare film document of one of the towering figures of 20th-century American literature - photographed by Jack Hazan (Rude Boy, A Bigger Splash) - captures the iconic writer in several symbolic locations, including the Place de la Bastille. As Hazan recounts: “Things don’t go to plan for him and the film crew when a couple of young Black Vietnam draft dodgers impose themselves on the American. Baldwin wrestles with being a role model to the Black youths, denouncing Western colonialism and crimes against African Americans while at the same time demonstrating his mastery and understanding of the culture he supposedly despises.”

Cast & Characters

James Baldwin