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An accessible experiment made at the dawn of the video era.
For all its rough edges, "Personal Problems" retains a vitality and an integrity that practically bounds off the screen.
A view of African Americans that's messy, complicated, dramatic, and, most important, honest.
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.
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
Uneven, sometimes disjointed, its narrative threads nowhere near resolved at the end, Personal Problems is nonetheless something rare and valuable, particularly for its era.
There is a film, possibly a gem, buried way deep down here. It would be an interesting project to try to build that film from the pieces.
There is no escaping the degraded look of early 3/4" video, digitized for the restoration, but the acting and storytelling immerse us into a real black experience of the time, unadulterated by Hollywood's cliches.
Bill Gunn and Ishmael Reed collapse conventional notions of reality, providing simultaneous glimpses into the minds of dozens of characters, lingering on scenes and informing them with confessional intensity.
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