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"YOUR kind of black film"
  • R
  • 1972
  • 1 hr 49 min
  • 5.8  (312)

Melinda is a 1972 drama film directed by Hugh A. Robertson and written by Lonne Elder III. Starring Calvin Lockhart, Rosalind Cash, and Vonetta McGee, the film focuses on a successful musician named Clay, who, after returning to New York City from a European tour, becomes enamored with a mysterious woman named Melinda. The film opens with Clay arriving back in his hometown of Harlem after six months on tour. He is immediately thrown into a world of decadence and excess, attending wild parties and indulging in all the drugs and alcohol he can get his hands on. But underneath it all, Clay is deeply unhappy and searching for something more.

Enter Melinda, a woman Clay meets at a party. She is beautiful, enigmatic, and immediately captures his attention. As he tries to get to know her, he discovers that she is struggling with mental illness and emotional trauma. Despite this, Clay becomes more and more infatuated with her, convinced he can save her from herself.

As Clay and Melinda's relationship develops, the film delves into complex themes of race, gender, and mental health. The characters are nuanced and multifaceted, with each representing a different aspect of Harlem life in the early 1970s.

Calvin Lockhart delivers a commanding performance as Clay, balancing the character's larger-than-life persona with moments of vulnerability and introspection. Rosalind Cash is equally impressive as Melinda, portraying her character's pain and suffering with raw authenticity.

The film's direction and cinematography are also noteworthy, with Robertson using a mix of fast-paced editing and dreamlike sequences to create a sense of disorientation and unease. The gritty, urban landscapes of Harlem provide a stark contrast to the opulence of the parties and clubs Clay frequents.

Overall, Melinda is a thought-provoking and powerful exploration of love, mental illness, and the human condition. It remains a relevant and timely piece of cinema, with themes that still resonate with audiences today.

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    5.8  (312)