The Duke is Tops

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The Duke is Tops
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 7:00 PM
Aperture Cinema, Winston Salem, NC
 
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  • Ticket Price: $12.50
  • Show Type: Special Event
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The Duke Is Tops is a 1938 American musical film. The film was one of a number of low-budgeted musicals (or "race movies") made in the 1930s and 1940s for the African-American market. The casts and production teams of these films were almost all black, and the music reflected current tastes in jazz and rhythm and blues.
The Duke Is Tops features the film debut of singer Lena Horne, then just 20, who had yet to develop the smooth, classy style she would distinguish herself with in her later films. Notably, she has a major acting role in this film, something that save for 1943's Cabin in the Sky, Stormy Weather and a few later films she would rarely enjoy. 
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The Duke is Tops is a part of the Black Cinema series. The purpose of this series is to honor and celebrate the history of black filmmakers, storytellers, actors and creatives during Black History Month. The series aims to go a step beyond the traditional use of film to highlight historical figures and present film as part of the celebration by looking at the history of black cinema.
 
Taken in its entirety the series will present a history of cinema and the African American experience with cinema in a thoughtful and thorough way. As in many other industries, African Americans have made their mark in film narratively, stylistically, historically, topically, financially and artistically and this series will aim to highlight the route of these significant contributions.
 
In year two, we will celebrate the career of the legendary and magnificent Lena Horne.