Personal Problems

1980

Personal Problems

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Release date: Mar 30, 2018

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Harlem nurse Johnnie Mae Brown (Vertamae Grosvenor) juggles a melodramatic life with her husband, secret lover, and father-in-law. Walter Cotton and Ishmael Reed also star. This entirely African American-conceived and produced ensemble drama is the result of a collaboration of a pair of pioneering Black artists: writer Ishmael Reed and filmmaker Bill Gunn, who wrote and directed the underground classic Ganja & Hess and wrote the screenplay for Hal Ashby's The Landlord. Originally intended to air on public television in 1980, it went unseen for many years; the original tapes have been carefully restored by Kino Lorber and the film is now available in its full-length version for the first time in decades.

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Vertamae Grosvenor
as Johnnie Mae Brown
Ishmael Reed
as Manager of Doggy Diner
Walter Cotton
as Charles Brown
Mizan Kirby
as The Visitor

Critic Reviews for Personal Problems

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  • An accessible experiment made at the dawn of the video era.

    March 31, 2018 | Full Review…
  • For all its rough edges, "Personal Problems" retains a vitality and an integrity that practically bounds off the screen.

    March 29, 2018 | Full Review…
  • A view of African Americans that's messy, complicated, dramatic, and, most important, honest.

    March 27, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The movie's panoramic cityscapes teem with the gritty details of emotional life: romance and chores, hope and despair and loss, bitter resentments and rowdy reckonings with mortality.

    March 26, 2018 | Full Review…
  • It's a necessary work, and one of the major repertory revivals of this or any other year.

    March 1, 2019 | Full Review…
  • One doesn't quite watch Personal Problems for its technical superiority, one watches it for the problems that still persist, to draw a line of legacy for A Wrinkle in Time, Black Panther and Mudbound that have been made

    January 17, 2019 | Full Review…

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