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Black Shack Alley ()

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Martinique, in the early 1930s. Young José and his grandmother live in a small village. Nearly everyone works cutting cane and barely earning a living. The overseer can fine a worker for the smallest infraction. The way to advance is to do well in school. José studies hard and succeeds in an exam allowing him to attend school in the capital. (imdb)

Genre: Drama

AKA: Rue cases nègres, Sugar Cane Alley

Country: France, Martinique

Directed By: Euzhan Palcy

Written By: Euzhan Palcy, Joseph Zobel

Starring: Darling Légitimus, Garry Cadenat, Douta Seck, Francisco Charles, Marie-Jo Descas, Joby Bernabé

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Black Shack Alley belongs to 15 collections
1. Female Directors (public: moderated by PeaceAnarchy - 62 stars)
2. They Shoot Pictures 1,000 Greatest Films (2008 revision) (public: moderated by Scottathon - 34 stars)
3. They Shoot Pictures 1,000 Greatest Films (2010 revision) (public: moderated by MMAlpha - 29 stars)
4. They Shoot Pictures 1,000 Greatest Films (2012 revision) (public: moderated by PeaceAnarchy - 23 stars)
5. They Shoot Pictures 1,000 Greatest Films (2011 revision) (public: moderated by PeaceAnarchy - 13 stars)
6. Sight and Sound 2002 (public: moderated by PeaceAnarchy - 9 stars)
7. Black Cinema (public: moderated by Pickpocket - 3 stars)
8. They Shoot Pictures 1,000 Greatest Films (2007 revision) (public: moderated by Scottathon - 3 stars)
9. Most popular film from each country (as of 12/2014) (public: moderated by juandr - 2 stars)
10. 1930s period film (public: moderated by djross - 1 star)
11. Third Cinema / Tercer Cine (public: moderated by Ag0stoMesmer - 1 star)
12. Venice Film Festival: Volpi Cup for Best Actress (public: moderated by CCLZA)
13. Slate: The Black Film Canon (public: moderated by trippingly)
14. Filmspotting Ratings Project: Week 3 (private: PeaceAnarchy)
15. Rated (private: giska)
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TCI | Tier | Date Ranked | # Stars (Reviews)
Date User Score
Oct 05, 2017 giska giska
52T5
Sep 02, 2017 RavynLoony RavynLoony
63T7
Aug 12, 2017 Kisbye
80T9
Nov 10, 2016 GrimsChild GrimsChild
50T6
Nov 03, 2016 jerrywarton
72T8
Sep 27, 2016 ERogers
100T10
Sep 05, 2016 flund
54T8
Jun 30, 2016 bal3x bal3x
60T5
Apr 28, 2016 ComradeSolar ComradeSolar
80T8
Dec 15, 2015 robot2xl robot2xl
73T6
Oct 30, 2015 Niska Niska
20T3
Aug 10, 2015 M-B-M
7T9
Jun 16, 2015 joachimt joachimt
60T5
Apr 02, 2013 TrixRabbi TrixRabbi
83T8
Mar 14, 2013 toro913
66T7
Jan 24, 2013 debaser1985
70T6
Apr 22, 2012 nrm4
56T5
Mar 04, 2012 Dunstan_xxx Dunstan-xxx
76T9
Dec 02, 2011 theyshoot11
60T3
#797
Jan 15, 2011 empire434
78T8
Jul 17, 2010 micmac micmac•
77T9
Feb 19, 2010 laika laika
70T5
Jan 15, 2010 theyshoot10
63T3
746
Oct 03, 2009 winds winds
5T6
May 20, 2009 jjack229
50T2
Apr 22, 2009 imdb imdb
74T9
Dec 19, 2008 theyshoot08
66T4
678
Oct 30, 2008 Pickpocket Pickpocket
8T9
A very beautiful film.
Jun 23, 2008 jewellrunner jewellrunner
30T1
Jun 15, 2008 balbobin balbobin
94T10
Jun 01, 2008 FitFortDanga MartinTeller
80T7
Palcy has distinguished herself for being the first black woman to direct a Hollywood movie, A Dry White Season. I thought that was a decent but unremarkable drama. This earlier work is a bit better. The storyline is somewhat been-there-done-that, and the mise en scene is nothing special, but there is an authentic quality to it. In some ways it was reminiscent of Satyajit Ray. The film's greatest asset is the strong characterization: Jose and his grandmother are people who grow on you quickly.
Mar 02, 2008 theyshoot07
57T4
# 865
May 10, 2007 Theyshootpic
20T4
Average Tier 6.3 from 33 Rankings rss