Artistically envisioned and lovingly done, Looking for Langston is an exploration of the life and consequences of late African-American poet Langston Hughes. It is impossible to tell Hughes' story without delving into the social atmosphere in which he thrived. The Harlem Renaissance was in full swing when Hughes found his voice. He represented the unabashed energy of the Cotton Club and the emerging tone of beat poetry. Filmmaker Isaac Julien fuses together a multitude of images to create a patchwork of impressions about the changing gay culture. Archival footage and a jazz soundtrack breathe life into this documentary journey. Looking for Langston has become a favorite within the gay community for its willingness to examine the viewpoint including sexuality and the black experience. ~ Sarah Ing, Rovi
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I rented this because I teach history and was planning to use it to augment my lessons on the 1920s. Glad I reviewed it first... Someone else described it as a "gay erotic film" and that is pretty much true, so I should have read the reviews first before renting it. Don't be fooled by the 'Langston Hughes' and 'documentary' parts of the description, there is very little to learn about Hughes from this film. Maybe I was just expecting an A&E type movie and instead I got gay-indie. If that is what you are looking for, it actually was not that bad, but definitely not for a history class!
If you are looking to find out who Langston is then don't rent this flick. Looking for Langston wasn't about the life and times of Langston Hughes, but the life style that Langston had supposedly lived. I got absolutely nothing from this film and half way through it I had to shut it down before I passed out. So, I ask the appropriate question: Who is Langston and has any one found him yet? This movie certainly didn't!
If you are hoping that you will gain a better understanding of who Langston Hughes is after watching this movie, then you may want to select another title. It seemed like a film better suited for YouTube, rather than an actual DVD. This movie was a little too artistic for me, and as a result I decided to watch most of it in fast forward mode before finally just removing it from the DVD player. There was no real story here. Simply put, it was a gay erotic film.