Tuesday Matinee: Watermelon Man
- Tue, Apr 9, 2019
- 1 pm–3 pm
- Bing Theater | LACMA
$2 LACMA members, seniors (65+), and children (17 & under); $4 general public
Tickets can be purchased online or at LACMA's on-site Ticket Offices.
LACMA presents Tuesday afternoon screenings of classic films throughout the year as part of the Tuesday Matinees series. Every month features a distinct theme.
A white insurance salesman, Jeff Gerber (Godfrey Cambridge), gets the surprise of his life when he wakes up and discovers that his skin now resembles a black man's. In day-to-day life, he soon finds himself the victim of discriminatory practices—the same kinds of behaviors that, ironically, he had once used on black people himself. As his wife (Estelle Parsons) leaves him, and all attempts to explain and reverse the phenomenon fail, Jeff comes to accept and even profit from his new status.
1970, 98 minutes, 35mm | Directed by Melvin Van Peebles; produced by John B. Bennett; written by Herman Raucher; with Godfrey Cambridge, Estelle Parsons, Howard Caine, D'Urville Martin, Kay Kimberley, Mantan Moreland, and Erin Moran