The Last Black Man in San Francisco

The Last Black Man in San Francisco

DVD - 2019
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Jimmie Fails dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. Joined on his quest by his best friend Mont, Jimmie searches for belonging in a rapidly changing city that seems to have left them behind. As he struggles to reconnect with his family and reconstruct the community he longs for, his hopes blind him to the reality of his situation.
Publisher: Santa Monica, California :, Lionsgate,, [2019].
Copyright Date: ♭2019
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (DVD) (approximately 121 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
digital, video, Dolby Digital 5.1, rda
1.66:1 widescreen, rda
DVD, rda
video file, DVD, region 1, rda


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Oct 12, 2020

Gentrification is such a double-edged sword and this movie catches the sadness and nostalgia of watching one's childhood neighborhood move on without them. I really enjoyed the camera work, especially during some of the skateboarding scenes. I also enjoyed how the film explored relationships between different characters. It did drag at times, and the ending was left open to some interpretation, but all and all, I enjoyed it.

Jul 23, 2020

"You don't get to hate it unless you love it."
Excellent, insightful, deeply felt indie about race, gentrification, and identity in contemporary San Francisco. Deserves a much wider audience.

Apr 06, 2020

A tender, thoughtful film about home and how you can begin to feel like a stranger in the place that you’ve always known. Amazing cinematography, authentic performances and full of powerful themes.

Mar 30, 2020

A dreamy, melancholy love story about a house - or really about the idea of belonging that the house embodies - and about San Francisco - a city changing such that belonging is no longer possible for some. Beautiful cinematography.

Feb 19, 2020

Stopped after 10 mins in. Couldn't go beyond that; truly felt like shooting myself for continuing.

Feb 13, 2020

I absolutely loved the unique cinematography, story-line, and acting styles. There was room to breathe watching the film - for the viewer to really take it in - and contemplate in real time as you're on the film's journey.

multcolib_alisonk Feb 07, 2020

This isn't a plot-line movie - it's more like a film version a beautiful and intricate painting. Gorgeous, evocative and dreamy, it says something essential about the lives of people disrupted by gentrification.

Jan 28, 2020

I hated this movie.
I wanted to like it because the two leads have such great rapport and the shots of San Francisco are fantastic but there is too much small talk, too much weirdness (I'm guessing the main guy is daydreaming), too much seemingly unrelated stuff going on. I think the director was going for a subtle/organic/immersive perspective but I just found it boring and contrived.

Though this film is not for everyone, as you can see from some of the other comments, it moves about the city and the divided lives of its residents, giving us moments to absorb rather than following a tight narrative, as the main character learns to lives his life beyond the story he was born into. Empathetic, in-depth view of a community maintaining itself against gentrification, dislocation, and environmental degradation.

Jan 13, 2020

I detest rap. The minute it started, I ejected and took it back to the return slot!!!

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JCLAdamH Jul 17, 2020

Montgomery Allen: Let us give each other the courage to see beyond the stories we were born into!

Sep 15, 2019

Seems a bit more impromptu. 2019 out here!
Y'all leave us the hell alone. Unless y'all really here to help us.
This is the edge, bro! The final frontier of Manifest Destiny. Last edge of the city. Man, two steps further, you'll be drinking that filthy saltwater. But we built these ships. Dredged these canals. In the San Francisco they never knew existed. And now they come to build something new? Whole blocks half in the past, half in the future. But should you venture into their San Francisco, the one they pillaged for gold! Remember your truth! In the city of facades.

Sep 15, 2019

Spoiling all the fun, leveling most of this neighborhood in the name of Urban Renewal. Sorry about your homes and your funky shops. You can set up a shoeshine stand in front of the parking lot at Safeway. But you distinguished truth-seekers want to know about the real hep cats who hung out here, in the "Harlem of the West," where a few of these homes did survive. Like this beauty here, which was built clear back in the 1800s. Before the black thing, this was all Japanese, till FDR's stormtroopers rounded them up into camps.
People aren't one thing. That. All... All of it. What would have happened if Kofi could've showed himself? All forms of himself. The world put him in a box! And he never pushed beyond it. Let us. Let us break the boxes! Let us give each other the courage! To... To see! Beyond the stories we are born into! Let us all really look at Jimmie Fails IV. Self-taught historian. Carpenter. Gentle, loving man. A true survivor.

Sep 15, 2019

But if you leave it's not your loss. It's San Francisco's.
This city blows. Big time. I mean, whatever, I'm not above living in a former crack house, you know? But, I came here for Janis and the Airplane, not to work at a fxcking startup.
-Dude, I've been saying for months, let's just move to East LA. This city's dead. Nah. Seriously, fxck this city.
--'Scuse me? You don't get to hate San Francisco.
-I'm sorry, what?
--Yeah, dude, I mean...
-Sorry, but I'll hate what I want.
--Do you love it?
-It's... I mean yeah, I'm here. But do I have to love it?
--You don't get to hate it unless you love it.

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