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Chazen Museum of Art | Sunday Cinematheque at the Chazen: The Last Dragon

April 30 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Sunday Cinematheque at the Chazen: The Last Dragon

Sunday Cinematheque at the Chazen: Michael Schultz and Paolo Gioli
Over four once-a-month screenings this calendar, we will provide a sampling of the feature film work by Wisconsin’s Own Michael Schultz, a pioneering African-American filmmaker who sustained a successful career within the Hollywood studio system over five decades. Born (in 1939) and raised in Milwaukee, Schultz developed a reputation as one of the most versatile feature film directors of the 1970s and 80s, and became particularly renowned for his comedies. A specialist with large, multi-character casts, Schultz also revealed a deftness for handling issues of race with a gentle, kind humor, and unexpected bursts of poignancy.
Chazen Auditorium
SUN, 4/30, 2 p.m.
USA | 1985 | 35mm | 109 min.
Director: Michael Schultz
Cast: Taimak, Vanity, Chris Murney
Aspiring to the kung fu mastery of Bruce Lee, martial artist Leroy (Taimak) rescues TV personality Laura (Vanity) from an evil businessman (Murney). To keep Laura safe, Leroy faces a showdown with Sho’nuff (Julius Carry III), The Shogun of Harlem. Produced by Berry Gordy, this light and funny action-romance has a Motown soundtrack featuring Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, and Debarge, performing Rhythm of the Night. “The Last Dragon is first and foremost a romantic comedy, and a very sweet one at that, and that’s why its martial-arts combat scenes work so well. We’ve been given enough time to care about who’s kicking the stuffing out of whom” (Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune).


April 30
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Chazen Museum of Art
750 University Ave
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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