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The Sun Shines Bright

by John Ford
(USA 1953, 90 mins, in English, original version)
3 December 2012

Program accompanying the special exhibition "R.B. Kitaj (1932-2007) Obsessions"

Two women and a man

The Sun Shines Bright (filmstill)
© Deutsches Filminstitut, Frankfurt


3 December 2012, 7.30 pm


Old Building, ground level, Auditorium


Admission free with seat ticket only (available at the cash desk)

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When Kitaj made a portrait of his favourite director, "John Ford on his Deathbed," he painted a still from The Sun Shines Bright on the wall above his bed. A remake of Ford's earlier film Judge Priest, the film follows the story of a judge struggling to reconcile racial tensions in turn of the century Kentucky and to win a race for re-election against his right-wing opponent. Though it never achieved much commercial success, John Ford often referred to The Sun Shines Bright as the best of his own films.

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