John Berry

  • John Berry – Je suis un sentimental AKA Headlines of Destruction (1955)

    1951-1960Film NoirFranceJohn BerryThriller

    ‘Barney Morgan is a reporter who works for a French journal. His editor-in-chief Rupert finds his lover Alice murdered. His boss is the main suspect but Barney doesn’t believe his boss could possibly be a murderer. Subsequently he tries to prove the man’s innocence.
    Barney suspects Alice’s husband and gathers enough circumstantial evidence to make his point. But the widower’s lawyer can prove he didn’t do it either. Barney concedes he was wrong and commences a new investigation.’
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  • John Berry – Cross My Heart (1946)

    1941-1950ComedyJohn BerryMusicalUSA

    A compulsive liar admits to a killing she didn’t commit so her husband, a lawyer, can clear her and build a reputation for himself.Read More »

  • John Berry – The Hollywood Ten (1950)

    John Berry1941-1950DocumentaryShort FilmUSA

    A brief look at The Hollywood Ten, a group of screenwriters and directors charged of contempt of court after challenging the House of Anti-American Activities and their controversial and self-incriminatory questions during the red scare. With that act of defiance, they were sentenced to one year in prison simply for speaking their minds and exercising their constitutional rights as concerned citizens. This is their story, their version of the facts and their opinions.Read More »

  • John Berry – Claudine [+Commentary] (1974)

    1971-1980DramaJohn BerryUSA

    Diahann Carroll is radiant in an unforgettable, Oscar-nominated performance as Claudine, a strong-willed single mother, raising six kids in Harlem, whose budding relationship with a gregarious garbage collector (an equally fantastic James Earl Jones) is stressed by the difficulty of getting by in an oppressive system. As directed by the formerly blacklisted leftist filmmaker John Berry, this romantic comedy with a social conscience deftly balances warm humor with a serious look at the myriad issues—from cycles of poverty to the indignities of the welfare system—that shape its characters’ realities. The result is an empathetic chronicle of both Black working-class struggle and Black joy, a bittersweet, bighearted celebration of family and community set to a sunny soul soundtrack composed by Curtis Mayfield and performed by Gladys Knight & the Pips.Read More »

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