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Using archival newsreels, feature film footage and interviews with Afro-American actors and directors, this film explores the inception, struggle, suppression, and survival of the Black cinema from the 1920s through the 1950s. This documentary, a stinging indictment of racism in the arts and in American culture, examines the lives and influence of Paul Robeson, Josephine Baker, Oscar Micheaux, Countee Cullen, Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, Marcus Garvey and many others on African-American cinema.
Karel, Russ; Isaacs, Jeremy, 1932-; Dillard, William; Parks, Gordon, 1912-2006; Jones, Robert Earl, 1904-2006; Rowe, Billy; Campbell, Dick, 1903-; Harris, Edna Mae, 1910-1997; Nichols, Harold J., 1945-; Patterson, Sarah; Greaves, William
BBC Education & Training; British Broadcasting Corporation. Television Service; Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm)
Documentary television programs
North American Culture; American Culture; Performing Arts, Music; Film Studies; African American Studies; Civil Rights, Discrimination; African Americans in motion pictures -- History; African Americans in the motion picture industry -- History; African American motion picture actors and actresses -- Interviews; African American motion picture producers and directors -- Interviews; Racism -- United States -- History -- 20th century; African Americans -- History -- 20th century; Stereotypes (Social psychology) in mass media; Jazz -- 1921-1930
North America; United States; New Jersey
Distinctive Media Collections
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Physical Description
92 minutes; black and white


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Creation/Production Credits

BBC Education & Training ; a Russ Karel film ; based on a suggestion by Jeremy Isaacs ; written by Russ Karel, Gordon Parks ; produced by Sarah Patterson. Narrator: William Greaves. Commentary: William Dillard, Gordon Parks, Robert Earl Jones, Billy Rowe, Dick Campbell, Edna Mae Harris, William Greaves, Harold Nichols. Photography, Ray Brislin ; supervising editors, French Horwitz, Russ Karel ; music, Russ Karel.
Other Identifiers
Filename: lms-089739; Fedora 2 PID: umd:10741; Handle Identifier: hdl:1903.1/3216; Catalog Key: alephsys004126899; OCLC: ocn711693252

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