Brother to Brother
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Critically acclaimed drama that invokes the glory days of the Harlem Renaissance. As an elderly man, poet Bruce Nugent meets a young black gay artist struggling to find his voice and together they embark on a surreal narrative journey through his inspiring past.
DVD Bonus Features:
Separate commentaries by Director Rodney Evans and lead actor Anthony Mackie
Behind the Scenes: Interview with the Director Rodney
Chapter Stops . .
Letterbox 1: 1.85
Dolby 2.0 Stereo
Breathtaking...a fascinating and absorbing tale...heralds the emergence of an exciting new voice in black filmmaking& - THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
A captivating drama...Tremendously accomplished filmmaking. - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
The story Evans tells of the spiritual link between a contemporary black gay New York artist and the trailblazers of the 1930's Harlem Renaissance is an excitingly ambitious one, conveyed with guileless passion of purpose& - ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
Brings depth and intelligence to black politics and sexuality - VARIETY
Robinson and Mackie are exceptional.& - REEL.COM
Funny, sexy and very cleverly done. - TV GUIDE'' MOVIE GUIDE
Mackie and Robinson both create sensitive, sympathetic characters. - VARIETY
Offers fascinating historical context and two fine lead performances (by Anthony Mackie and Roger Robinson).- SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
A highly original and beautiful film- LOS ANGELES TIMES
Heartfelt, filled with ideas and nice acting, especially from Mackie and Robinson
- NEW YORK TIMES
Assured and accomplished - PAPER MAGAZINE --Wolfe
- 7 Deleted Scenes
- Audio Commentary tracks by Director Rodney Evans and Lead Actor Anthony Mackie
- An in-depth video interview with Director Rodney Evans on the making of the film
- theatrical trailer
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Top customer reviews
Anthony Mackie plays Perry, a young, gay, black artist struggling to find his place in this world and his own community. Supported unconditionally by his best friend Marcus and another friend Jim, Perry spends the early part of the film wandering around, seemingly going through the motions, but unsure of the meaning behind it all. Then he meets Bruce Nugent, an aging artist and writer, who attempts to guide Perry through this tricky path of self-discovery. In doing so, Bruce illuminates his life back in the 1920's, in Harlem, during the grand renaissance when blacks, unprecendentally, began to blossom in all areas.
The film is the most effective in these moments of flashback, an oft-overused convention that works very well in this film. As Bruce tells his stories, we see parts of Harlem, and the people who worked to buck conventions in trying to produce art that accurately reflected their authentic experience. The actors playing the main people of Bruce's social set are incredible, from Daniel Sunjata who plays Langston Hughes to Aunjanue Ellis who captures the zeal and life of Zora Neal Hurston. It is baudy, risky, and works to great effect. As we see Perry affected by these stories, we, as an audience, are also equally affected. This definitely has all of the hallmarks of an independent film, adding a rawness of realism to the story.
Rodney Evans first work is a promising, affecting tale, one that reaches beyond race lines, and will land deftly into your heart. Soon after watching "Brother to Brother" I found myself on Amazon, looking at the works of these people and ordering them for myself. You will too, as well as wanting to add this treasure of a movie into your collection.
As the story begins, Perry (Anthony Mackie) has already been thrown out of his father's home for being gay and has just had a heated discussion with another classmate during Lit class after volunteering information that a black male literary legend from the past was gay. This classmate of Perry's represents a segment of the black community hostle to the idea that black gay men do exist and are sometimes unwelcomed. Balancing out this hostile classmate is Perry's long-time straight friend, Marcus (Larry Gilliard) who kinda goes against the popular notion that every person of African decent is a homophobe. He is dependable and supportive, but he does not quite understand where Perry is always coming from when he talks about the ill treatment of some "brothers" but he can understand the obstacles Perry is facing as a black artist in the artworld who much like the world of publishing is often both intentionally and unintentionally prejudiced (!). All this and Perry beginning a brief relationship with a white peer who may have a kinda of fetish thing for black guys.
In walks a figure from the past, a "black" undiscovered gay hero of the Harlem Renaissance, Richard Bruce Nugent (the great Roger Robinson) who teaches Perry that every thing he is now dealing with in his life were the same issues face by a group of talented young black writers of 1920's Harlem Renaissance heyday. Nugent tells stories that bring to life the whirl of days of Niggerati Manor and its inhabitants like Langston Hughes (Daniel Sunjata) who was black and proud and celebrated black beauty long before the black protest movements of the 1960's and in whose coded poems sometimes celebrated the love, "Beauty," and admiration of one black man for another black man,Zora Neale Hurston (Aunjanue Ellis) whose talent and charisma is capture well in the film, Wallace Thurman (Ray Ford) who was gay and possessed of an surperior intellect that rivaled anyone past and present and black and white, and of course Nugent himself as a young man (Duane Boutte) who was talented but refused to deny his identity and make the same sacrifices Langston Hughes did to become a well known writer and the Dean of Black American Letters. Through Nugent, Perry learns pretty universal thems as believing in yourself, not compromising your vision and integrity to cater to someone else's idea of how they think things should be done, and self pride despite prejudices.
I am happy Rodney Evans made this movie his way without compromising his beliefs and values to do it. From such a small budget to make the film came a movie rich in texture and meaning, especially with the absence of gay men of color often being ignored in the media, mainstream and mainstream gay, baring the ocassional tokenism of a mouthly gay magazine and film.
In Makie, Robinson, Sunjata, Ellis, Ford, and Boutte and Rodney Evans's care and skill, I saw my face and its inherent beauty that is often denied. That was nice!!!
Most recent customer reviews
1. This is perhaps the best movie I've seen on the intersectionality of race and sexual orientation.Read more