- Miriam Makeba in Lionel Rogosin’s Come Back, Africa (1959), screening as part of the African Diaspora Film Festival
Yeah, I know: you thought Fritz Lang was a sinister Teuton, clicking his heels and shrieking abuse at actors and farting the prelude to Tristan und Isolde. But there was another Fritz Lang, the Fritz Lang with a song in his heart, who directed the musical You and Me (1938) for Paramount. Ben Sachs revisits this cinematic oddity—which screens next week at the Portage, courtesy of the Northwest Chicago Film Society—in this week’s long review. We also have a Reader Recommends box for Your Sister’s Sister, the latest from Humpday director Lynn Shelton, and a sidebar for the African Diaspora Film Festival, which runs all week at Facets Cinematheque and includes a new print of the classic documentary Come Back, Africa (1959) by Lionel Rogosin (On the Bowery).