Archibald Motley Exhibition Film Series: Richard Pryor: Live On the Sunset Strip and The Melancholy Dame | Nasher Museum of Art | Screen: Special Showings | Indy Week

Screen: Special Showings

Archibald Motley Exhibition Film Series: Richard Pryor: Live On the Sunset Strip and The Melancholy Dame

When: Thu., March 13, 7 p.m. 2014

The first selection in the three-feature "Archibald Motley Exhibition Film Series" (coinciding with the Nasher's Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist exhibit) is the third—and some would say most problematic—film in Richard Pryor's famed concert-film series. Filmed in 1980, the same year of the notorious freebasing incident that sent Pryor to the hospital with burns covering most of his body, and released in 1982, this film shows the usually uninhibited Pryor in a nervous, apprehensive state. Watching Pryor stand in a front of a sold-out crowd and try to get his comedic footing back after such a traumatic event, finding the right words to explain the pain he was going through, is more heartbreaking than hilarious. However, when he said that fire was caused by him dipping cookies in milk and the whole thing blew up in his face, I gotta admit that was funny. —Craig D. Lindsey

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