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CLAUDINE

Directed by JOHN BERRY

Screenplay by TINA and LESTER PINE

Claudine (Diahann Carroll) is a maid. Roop (James Earl Jones) is a garbage man. She is a blend of obnoxious stereotypes. The first is the libidinous black woman who cannot stop having children despite her poverty. The second is the stern, loving matriarch urging the middle-class success ethic on her brood. Roop is merely single-line stereotype, the stud who has fled his obligations to one family and is now doing his best to love and leave Claudine.

Promoted as, of all things, a comedy,...

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