The Spook Who Sat by the Door, screening
Emory Cinematheque presents for Spring 2020
African-Americans in American Film
The Spook Who Sat by the Door (dir. Ivan Dixon, 1973; 102 min.)
The CIA’s first black agent Dan Freeman (Lawrence Cook) takes what he learns in his government training back to the Southside of Chicago to turn the Cobras, a local gang, into revolutionaries. Dan must navigate the push and pull of the Black middle-class (a police captain best friend; a bourgeois sometime girlfriend; and a prostitute with the sense that God gave her) while training youth from the streets who will lead Black Americans to a different kind of freedom. Based on the novel by Sam Greenlee and directed by actor/activist Ivan Dixon, The Spook Who Sat by the Door offers a compelling perspective of what it means to Black and free in America.
Recommended Parking: Fishburne Parking Deck or Oxford Road Parking Deck