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“The Education of Sonny Carson,” which opened yesterday at the Penthouse and 86th Street East theaters is a howling brute of a film.

Riddled with flaws inexpressive as art and it shakes off its shortcomings with a primal energy that imbues it with terrifying eloquence.

Based on the autobiographical account of the early years of Robert C. (Sonny) Carson a black activist.

now under indictment for murder filmed on location in the black slums of Brooklyn with a cast recruited in part from the streets it is a work easy to fault.

Episodic to the verge of incoherence directed by Michael Campus with an eclecticism .

that bespeaks craftsmanship but not control saddled with interludes of song that disrupt pacing and fail as explication burdened with uneven portrayals and a star (Rony Clanton) .

whose ability to react far surpasses his ability to act starved and simplistic in its motivations it would seem a film beyond redemption.

Certainly it fails as biography.

To the very end Sonny Carson who goes from prize‐winning schoolboy essayist to juvenile burglar to war ord of a street gang to holdup man to prisoner and out again remains an enigma.

Yet this film possesses .

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THE EDUCATION OF SONNY CARSON directed by Michael Campus screen.

play Fred Hudson and Mr. based on the book by Sonny Carson director of photography Ed Brown music by Coleridge.

Taylor Perkinson film editors Edward Warschilka and Harry Howard produced by Irwin Yablans released by Paramount Plc. tures.

At the Penthouse Theater Broadway and 47th Street and the 86th Street East Theater at Third Avenue. Running time: 104 minutes.

This film has been classified R.

  • Sonny, Carson
  • Racy Clanton
  • Pigllanl
  • Don Gordon
  • Virginia
  • Joyce Walker
  • POPS
  • Paul Benjamin
  • Young Sonny
  • Thomes Hicks
  • Moms
  • Mary Alice

Some people will find its bloodiest scene beyond endurance.

“The Education of Sonny Carson” is by no means the perfect film.

Beyond question it beggars every one of the black exploitation films of a year and two ago.

That was one of the goals of Irwin Yablans, its producer.

He wanted a film about the black experience.

What he achieved derives it is a awesome force from what it insists in saying about the American experience.

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