Cinema: Inside Black Skin

Nothing but a Man is a picture for people who are sick of the self-seekers and the headline-hunters who often turn the civil rights movement into a political sideshow. With impressive insight and objectivity, it goes straight to the heart of the matter: in a clear and simple story it describes what life is like for an average Negro in America.

The time is the present, the scene is a small town in the deep South. The hero (Ivan Dixon) is a young Negro—too proud to truckle, too smart to fight—who is working as...

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