Marlon Riggs

Color Adjustment

Color Adjustment

What does the American dream look like? Where do Black Americans fit into it? And what is television’s role in shaping our views of racial progress and the idealized American family? Picking up where the groundbreaking Ethnic Notions left off, this pioneering work of media studies by Marlon Riggs presents a complicated, challenging, and nuanced view of evolving racial attitudes as reflected in popular programs such as Amos ’n’ Andy, Julia, All in the Family, Good Times, Roots, and The Cosby Show. Narrated by Ruby Dee and featuring interviews with actors Diahann Carroll, Tim Reid, and Esther Rolle, African American historian Henry Louis Gates Jr., and producer Norman Lear, among others, Color Adjustment looks beyond the whitewashed, middle-class mythologies peddled by prime-time entertainment to track the ways in which Black Americans have been assimilated into a new but no less harmful racial narrative.

Film Info

  • Marlon Riggs
  • United States
  • 1992
  • 80 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • English

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The Signifyin’ Works of Marlon Riggs

The Signifyin’ Works of Marlon Riggs

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Color Adjustment
Cast
Steven Bochco
Featuring interviews with
Diahann Carroll
Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Herman Gray
Bob Henry
Hal Kanter
Norman Lear
Sheldon Leonard
Denise Nicholas
Bruce Paltrow
Alvin Pouissant
Daphne Reid
Tim Reid
Ester Rolle
Patricia A. Turner
David L. Wolper
Ernie Fosselius
Voices
Allan Snitow
Andrew Stern
Credits
Director
Marlon Riggs
Produced by
Marlon Riggs
Written by
Marlon Riggs
Producer
Vivian Kleiman
Narrator
Ruby Dee
Editor
Deborah Hoffmann
Associate producer
Anna Vega
Original music
Mary Watkins
Videography
Rick Butler
Michael Anderson
Sound recordists
Michele Zaccheo
Christiane Badgley
Dwight Kiyono
Sound editor
Richard Bock
Footage researchers
Vivian Kleiman
Anna Vega
Kenn Rabin
John Grybowski
Still art director
Chris Robbins
Still photographer
Karen Steffens
Online editor
Ed Rudolph
Sound mix
Mark Escott/Robert Berke Sound