Film Society of Lincoln Center Announces JAMES BROWN Film Series

The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today James Brown: The Hardest Working Man in Show Business (August 29 - September 1). The film series will feature, highlight, and celebrate the musical and visual force of nature that James Brown was via both signature moments on film and in musical performances that have rarely been seen on the big screen-or at all.

"It feels quite appropriate to dedicate our Cinematheque programming over Labor Day weekend to a performer such as James Brown, who, in addition to being arguably the 20th century's most enduringly relevant musician, always placed the notion of 'work' at the heart of his artistry," said FSLC Programing Coordinator Dan Sullivan, who programmed the series. "The films in which he appeared, the films he scored, and the films that documented his athletic and impassioned on-stage performances cohere to yield a transfixing portrait of an artist who was both unapologetically political and incomparably funky. Baby baby baby, baby baby baby..."

James Brown: The Hardest Working Man in Show Business will include Larry Cohen's Blaxploitation classic Black Caesar (1973), featuring Brown's furious theme song; Brown's dynamic opening performance of "Living in America" which set the tone for Sylvester Stallone's over-the-top USA rah-rah spectacle Rocky IV (1985); his "preaching to the choir" and leading it in John Landis's sprawling comedy epic The Blues Brothers (1980); his scratch-heavy, bongo-driven funk set from Jeffrey Levy-Hinte's documentary Soul Power (2008) about the Zaire '74 music festival; and what is arguably, the series' crowning jewel-Brown's singular and endurance-defying performance (18 minutes long) where he shows fellow guests Chuck Berry, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, The Beach Boys, and notably Mick Jagger with The Rolling Stones how it's done on The T.A.M.I. Show (1964).

Tickets will go on sale Thursday, August 7. Special discount for Labor Day Weekend! Single screening tickets only $10; $7 for Students, Seniors (62+) and Film Society Members. Visit for additional information.

Public Screening Schedule

Screening Venue:
The Film Society of Lincoln Center
Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam

Friday, August 29
4:30PM Ski Party (90m)
6:30PM Soul Power (92m)
8:30PM Black Caesar (87m)

Saturday, August 30
2:30PM Soul Power (92m)
4:30PM Ski Party (90m)
6:30PM Black Caesar (87m)
8:30PM The Blues Brothers (133m)

Sunday, August 31
2:00PM The T.A.M.I Show (123m)
4:30PM James Brown Performance Compilation (75m)
6:30PM The T.A.M.I Show (123m)
9:00PM James Brown Performance Compilation (75m)

Monday, September 1
1:15PM Rocky IV (91m)
3:30PM The Blues Brothers (133m)
6:00PM Rocky IV (91m)
8:00PM When We Were Kings (88m)

Film Society of Lincoln Center
Founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international cinema, the Film Society of Lincoln Center works to recognize established and emerging filmmakers, support important new work, and to enhance the awareness, accessibility and understanding of the moving image. Film Society produces the renowned New York Film Festival, a curated selection of the year's most significant new film work, and presents or collaborates on other annual New York City festivals including Dance on Camera, Film Comment Selects, Human Rights Watch Film Festival, Latinbeat, New Directors/New Films, NewFest, New York African Film Festival, New York Asian Film Festival, New York Jewish Film Festival, Open Roads: New Italian Cinema and Rendez-Vous With French Cinema. In addition to publishing the award-winning Film Comment magazine, Film Society recognizes an artist's unique achievement in film with the prestigious "Chaplin Award." The Film Society's state-of-the-art Walter Reade Theater and the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, located at Lincoln Center, provide a home for year-round programs and the New York City film community.

The Film Society receives generous, year-round support from Royal Bank of Canada, Jaeger-LeCoultre, American Airlines, The New York Times, Stonehenge Partners, Stella Artois, illy café, the Kobal Collection, Trump International Hotel and Tower, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

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