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The Bittersweet Beauty Of 'The Last Black Man in San Francisco'




Jimmie Fails, right, and Jonathan Majors star in
Jimmie Fails, right, and Jonathan Majors star in "The Last Black Man In San Francisco," directed by Joe Talbot.
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On today's show:

Still 'The City,' But For Whom?

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The new film, "The Last Black Man in San Francisco," is loosely based on lead actor Jimmie Fails' own life story. Fails grew up living with his family in a Victorian home in San Francisco's historic Fillmore District. When Fails was six, he and his family were evicted. Many of his family members left the city, and Fails bounced around from one precarious living situation to another. For a time, he lived with his friend Joe Talbot, who would eventually direct and co-write "The Last Black Man in San Francisco." Fails and Talbot spoke with The Frame at the Sundance Film Festival about the inspiration for the film — a beautiful, surreal love letter to a city that sometimes doesn't seem to love you back.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0FnJDhY9-0

And The Tony Awards Went To ...

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New York Times co-theater critic Jesse Green talks about the big winners ("Hadestown") and the shows that came up short ("To Kill a Mockingbird").

Bryan Cranston Walks Away With A Tony

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His performance as Howard Beale in "Network" won for Best Leading Actor in a Play. We revisit our interview with Cranston about the show.