Aug 24, 2005

Claudine (1974)

Made during the time when most cinema featuring African Americans had to star in "blaxploitation" vehicles to make a living, this lovely and charming film concerns a single mother (Diahann Carroll) who finds romance with a garbageman (James Earl Jones). Some people dislike the upbeat ending (set to the tingling strains of Gladys Knight's "Make Yours a Happy Home"- we can do it, we can do it now baby), but it is a welcome relief from the hardship that always seems to greet this group. I've never forgotten the seen where Carroll's older son (played by Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, AKA Washington from "Welcome Back Kotter") gets a vasectomy because he doesn't want to bring kids into this world.

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