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  • The film offers a remarkably serious and nuanced consideration of black upward mobility, which makes the broadly comic dream sequences (in which the hero imagines himself as Tarzan and the first African-American on the moon) that much more surprising. Long out of circulation in the U.S., this suggests an experimental African-American art cinema that never came to prominence, as challenging formally as it is politically.