Madison Public Library | Hollywood Shuffle (1987)

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Madison Public Library | 201 W. Mifflin St. Madison, WI
@ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

United States | 1987 | BD | 81 minutes | Black and White/Color | English
Director: Robert Townsend
Cast: Robert Townsend, Anne-Marie Johnson, Starletta DuPois, Helen Martin, David McKnight, Craigus R. Johnson, Dom Irrera, Mr. Paul Mooney, Lisa Mende, Eugene R. Glazer, Damon Wayans, John Witherspoon, Ludie Washington, Keenen Ivory Wayans
This debut feature by Robert Townsend is an ingenious satirical landmark that takes riotous aim at the typecasting of Black actors in 1980s Hollywood. The writer-director-star’s megawatt charisma propels HOLLYWOOD SHUFFLE, the hilarious tale of a struggling actor attempting to break into an industry where the only roles available to Black performers seem to be hustlers, butlers, and slaves—forcing him to choose between selling out and maintaining his self-respect. Lampooning everything from film noir to zombie flicks to sitcoms, Townsend and cowriter Keenen Ivory Wayans cannily turn the frustrations of the Black artist into a subversively funny pop-culture critique.