Cinema: Historical Primer

MALCOLM X

Produced by ARNOLD PERL and MARVIN WORTH

This biography of Malcolm X, the implacable crusader for black dignity, is presented under the auspices of Warner Bros. The prominently billed participation of Malcolm's widow, Betty Shabazz, is reassuring, but for Warner Bros, to make a documentary about Malcolm X seems about as likely as for the D.A.R. to sponsor the Peking Ballet. That the film should come from such a source is the first surprise. The second is that it is good—a fair forum for Malcolm's fundamental ideas and an exceptional visual chronicle of how those ideas took shape.

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