Repertory theaters in New York City are making a triumphant return to live screenings, and the IFC Center threatens to outdo them all with its limited participation of a week of screening of Barry jenkins‘Serie The underground railway. The program will screen the ten episodes, which will be presented in pairs, as well as excerpts from The look, Jenkins’s hour-long non-narrative companion piece. All tickets will be free and available at the website to be announced in the next few days.
The critically acclaimed series is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Colson Whitehead. It is set in an alternate universe in which the Underground Railroad is literally a railroad, a subway-like rail system in the south that carries runaway slaves north. The series follows Cora Randall (newcomer Help Mbedu) in her attempt to escape to freedom, doggedly pursued by a bounty hunter named Ridgeway (Joel edgerton). He has a revenge against Cora as her mother, Mabel, is the only runaway slave that he never caught. The underground railway has a stellar cast, which includes William Jackson Harper, Ambergris, Lily Rabe, Y Will poulter.
Even if The underground railway Didn’t get the public attention it deserved, Jenkins’ longtime fans and critics were in awe of her impressive and moving leap to television. Collider named it one of the best shows of 2021 so far, with the TV editor Liz shannon miller calling it “one of the most attractive and beautifully made televisions of the year, with a strong cast and unforgettable cinematography.” Both Miller and many other critics pointed out that the series could have performed better if Amazon decided to release the series on a weekly basis, as it was not a project destined to be caught. Perhaps switching to a theatrical release will turn out to be a better viewing experience.
General Manager of the IFC Center, John vancoSaid of the screening commitment, “Barry Jenkins is a one-of-a-kind filmmaker, and has created another masterpiece with The underground railway. While it is a series, the story of Cora and the world that Barry and his team have created deserves the biggest screen possible, and we are thrilled to be the ones to bring it to New York. ”
Vanco is certainly right that the series will shine on the big screen, and the fact that the screenings are free will have New Yorkers buying tickets quickly to return to theaters. Since the commitment is only for one week, I am intrigued to have many screenings that the IFC Center will include, or if viewers will only have one chance to see the entire series in theaters. No more details can be announced soon enough!
The ten episodes of The underground railway are available now on Amazon Prime Video. The IFC Center will screen the episodes from July 16-22.
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The show has already been renewed for a second season.
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