Actor, musician, activist, and humanitarian Harry Belafonte will turn 90-years-old March 1, 2017. On this occasion, the Museum of the Moving Image will celebrate his legendary career as an artist and activist—a little early—Saturday, Feb. 4, with a three-film retrospective and conversation with Belafonte’s friend, the best-selling author Walter Mosley.
The Harry Belafonte Pre-Birthday Celebration will feature screenings of The Strolling ‘20s, a television special produced by and starring Belafonte and featuring Sidney Poitier, Diahann Carroll, Sammy Davis, Jr. and more. The special has hardly been seen in 50 years.
Robert Altman’s Kansas City, which features Belafonte’s favorite of his own performances; and Otto Preminger’s classic Carmen Jones, in which he stars opposite Dorothy Dandridge, will also be showcased.
The program is the fourth annual Black History Month collaboration between the Black Filmmaker Foundation and the Museum of the Moving Image and will be organized and moderated by Warrington Hudlin, President of the Black Filmmaker Foundation and vice chairman of the Museum of the Moving Image.
Previous programs included Massa’s Gaze, “Endangered” by the Moving Image, and “The Color of Comedy.” The program is part of the Museum’s ongoing series Changing the Picture, sponsored by Time Warner Inc.
Admission to Individual programs cost $15. A day pass, including admission to all programs, is available to the public for $25 ($20 students/seniors). All events in the Harry Belafonte Pre-Birthday Celebration are free for Museum members.