A Man Called Adam

Jazz on Film

This sharp-edged allegory stars Sammy Davis Jr. as a mercurial jazz musician who struggles with racial prejudice, a troubling past, and alcoholism. The cast also includes Ossie Davis as his friend and Cicely Tyson as a civil rights activist with whom he strikes up a relationship. The film features music composed by Benny Carter with Nat Adderley ghosting Davis’ cornet, and appearances by Louis Armstrong and Mel Tormé. Shown on a new 35mm film print, A Man Called Adam is notable for its prominence of African Americans both in front of and behind the camera, and for its depiction of issues seldom touched by Hollywood at the time.

Access to Films in Brown Auditorium Theater
While the entry from Main Street into the Law Building is under construction, park in the Beck Building garage (1144 Binz Street) and take the Wilson Tunnel to the theater. Construction does not affect access to Lynn Wyatt Theater in the Kinder Building. Campus Map

The MFAH film department is supported by Tenaris; The June Leaf and Robert Frank Foundation; the Vaughn Foundation; The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea; Nina and Michael Zilkha; Franci Neely; Carrin Patman and Jim Derrick; Ms. Laurence Unger; L'Alliance Française de Houston; and ILEX Foundation.

Generous support has been provided by Gerry Aitken, Richard Levy and Dinah Chetrit, and Anne Tucker and Robert Morris.

A Man Called Adam

Directed by Leo Penn
(USA, 1966, 102 minutes, in English)
Brown Auditorium Theater, 35mm


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