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Black American cinema / [electronic resource] edited by Manthia Diawara.

Contributor(s): Diawara, Manthia, 1953-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: AFI film readers. Publisher: New York : Routledge, 1993Description: x, 324 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0415903963; 9780415903967; 0415903971; 9780415903974.Subject(s): African Americans in motion pictures | African American motion picture producers and directors | Experimental films -- United States -- History and criticism | Cinema Films (Motion pictures) Role of Black persons | United States | Films | Negers | Filmregisseurs | Publiek | Noirs américains au cinéma | Producteurs et réalisateurs de cinéma noirs américains | Films expérimentaux -- États-Unis -- Histoire et critique | Film | Schwarze | USADDC classification: 791.43/6520396073 Other classification: 24.32 Online resources: Publisher description | Free eBook from the Internet Archive | Additional information and access via Open Library
Contents:
Black American cinema : the new realism / Manthia Diawara -- "Twoness" in the style of Oscar Micheaux / J. Ronald Green -- Fire and desire : race, melodrama, and Oscar Micheaux / Jane Gaines -- Oscar Micheaux : the story continues / Thomas Cripps -- The black writer in Hollywood, circa 1930 : the case of Wallace Thurman / Phyllis Klotman -- Is Car wash a black musical? / Richard Dyer -- The Los Angeles school of black filmmakers / Ntongela Masilela -- Reading the signs, empowering the eye : Daughters of the dust and the black independent cinema movement / Toni Cade Bambara -- Spike Lee at the movies / Amiri Baraka -- Spike Lee and the commerce of culture / Houston A. Baker, Jr. -- The ironies of palace-subaltern discourse / Clyde Taylor -- Looking for modernism / Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Black spectatorship : problems of identification and resistance / Manthia Diawara -- The Harlem theatre : black film exhibition in Austin, Texas : 1920-1973 / Dan Streible -- The black image in protective custody : Hollywood's biracial buddy films of the eighties / Ed Guerrero -- The construction of black sexuality : towards normalizing the black cinematic experience / Jacquie Jones -- Race, gender, and psychoanalysis in forties film : Lost boundaries, Home of the brave, and The quiet one / Michele Wallace -- Reading through the text : the black woman as audience / Jacqueline Bobo -- The oppositional gaze : black female spectators / Bell Hooks.
Summary: From the pioneering work of Oscar Micheaux and Wallace Thurman to the Hollywood success of Spike Lee, Black American filmmakers have played a remarkable role in the development of the American film, both independent and mainstream. In this volume, the work of early Black filmmakers is given serious attention for the first time. Essays consider what a Black film tradition might be, the relation between Black American filmmakers and filmmakers from the diaspora, the nature of Black film aesthetics, the artist's place within the community, and the representation of a Black imaginary. The collection also discusses Black sexuality on screen, and the role of Black women in independent cinema and as spectators; also, those Black directors who worked for Hollywood and whose films are simplistically dismissed as sell-outs, versus those "crossover" filmmakers whose achievements entail a surreptitious infiltration of the studios.--From publisher description.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 303-310) and index.

From the pioneering work of Oscar Micheaux and Wallace Thurman to the Hollywood success of Spike Lee, Black American filmmakers have played a remarkable role in the development of the American film, both independent and mainstream. In this volume, the work of early Black filmmakers is given serious attention for the first time. Essays consider what a Black film tradition might be, the relation between Black American filmmakers and filmmakers from the diaspora, the nature of Black film aesthetics, the artist's place within the community, and the representation of a Black imaginary. The collection also discusses Black sexuality on screen, and the role of Black women in independent cinema and as spectators; also, those Black directors who worked for Hollywood and whose films are simplistically dismissed as sell-outs, versus those "crossover" filmmakers whose achievements entail a surreptitious infiltration of the studios.--From publisher description.

Black American cinema : the new realism / Manthia Diawara -- "Twoness" in the style of Oscar Micheaux / J. Ronald Green -- Fire and desire : race, melodrama, and Oscar Micheaux / Jane Gaines -- Oscar Micheaux : the story continues / Thomas Cripps -- The black writer in Hollywood, circa 1930 : the case of Wallace Thurman / Phyllis Klotman -- Is Car wash a black musical? / Richard Dyer -- The Los Angeles school of black filmmakers / Ntongela Masilela -- Reading the signs, empowering the eye : Daughters of the dust and the black independent cinema movement / Toni Cade Bambara -- Spike Lee at the movies / Amiri Baraka -- Spike Lee and the commerce of culture / Houston A. Baker, Jr. -- The ironies of palace-subaltern discourse / Clyde Taylor -- Looking for modernism / Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Black spectatorship : problems of identification and resistance / Manthia Diawara -- The Harlem theatre : black film exhibition in Austin, Texas : 1920-1973 / Dan Streible -- The black image in protective custody : Hollywood's biracial buddy films of the eighties / Ed Guerrero -- The construction of black sexuality : towards normalizing the black cinematic experience / Jacquie Jones -- Race, gender, and psychoanalysis in forties film : Lost boundaries, Home of the brave, and The quiet one / Michele Wallace -- Reading through the text : the black woman as audience / Jacqueline Bobo -- The oppositional gaze : black female spectators / Bell Hooks.

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