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Alternate title:In black and white : black cinema
Summary: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.
Contributor: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
Provider:BBC Education & Training
British Broadcasting Corporation. Television Service
Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm)
Place of origin – Continent:North America
Place of origin – Country:United States of America
Place of origin – Region:New Jersey
Topical subjects: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
Robeson, Paul, 1898-1976
Baker, Josephine, 1906-1975
Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967
Wright, Richard, 1908-1960
Garvey, Marcus, 1887-1940
Cullen, Countee, 1903-1946
Micheaux, Oscar, 1884-1951
Ku Klux Klan (1915- ) -- History
Genre:Documentary television programs
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.
Repository:Nonprint Media Services
Browse terms:Performing Arts, Music
Films@UM Browse terms:Film Studies
African American Studies
Civil Rights, Discrimination
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