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This is the first major collection of criticism on Black American cinema. 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. Individual 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. Black American Cinema also uncovers the construction of Black sexuality on screen, the role of Black women in independent cinema, and the specific question of Black female spectatorship. A lively and provocative group of essays debate the place and significance of Spike Lee

Of crucial importance are the ways in which the essays analyze those Black directors who worked for Hollywood and whose films are simplistically dismissed as sell-outs, to the Hollywood master narrative, as well as those crossover filmmakers whose achievements entail a surreptitious infiltration of the studios. Black American Cinema demonstrates the wealth of the Black contribution to American film and the complex course that contribution has taken.

Contributors: Houston Baker, Jr., Toni Cade Bambara, Amiri Baraka, Jacquie Bobo, Richard Dyer, Jane Gaines, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Ron Green, Ed Guerrero, bell hooks, Phyllis Klotman, Ntongele Masilela, Clyde Taylor, and Michele Wallace.

Synopsis:

In this volume, the work of early Black filmmakers is given serious attention for the first time. Individual essays consider such topics as 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 Black imaginary.

Synopsis:

Of crucial importance are the ways in which the essays analyze those Black directors who worked for Hollywood and whose films are simplistically dismissed as sell-outs, to the Hollywood master narrative,' as well as those crossover' filmmakers whose achievements entail a surreptitious infiltration of the studios. Black American Cinema demonstrates the wealth of the Black contribution to American film and the complex course that contribution has taken. Contributors: Houston Baker, Jr., Toni Cade Bambara, Amiri Baraka, Jacquie Bobo, Richard Dyer, Jane Gaines, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Ron Green, Ed Guerrero, bell hooks, Phyllis Klotman, Ntongele Masilela, Clyde Taylor, and Michele Wallace.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 303-310) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780415903974
Editor:
Diawara, Manthia
Publisher:
Routledge
Editor:
Diawara, Manthia
Author:
Diawara, Manthia
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Film - General
Subject:
Stage and screen
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
Afro-Americans in the motion picture industry
Subject:
Afro-americans in motion pictures
Subject:
Experimental films
Subject:
Experimental films -- United States -- History and criticism.
Subject:
African Americans in motion pictures
Subject:
African American motion picture producers and directors
Subject:
Film & Video - General
Subject:
African American motion picture producers and
Subject:
Film and Television-Reference
Series:
AFI Film Readers
Series Volume:
9454
Publication Date:
19930831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.00x6.08x.82 in. 1.21 lbs.
Age Level:
18-18

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Product details 336 pages Routledge - English 9780415903974 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In this volume, the work of early Black filmmakers is given serious attention for the first time. Individual essays consider such topics as 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 Black imaginary.
"Synopsis" by , Of crucial importance are the ways in which the essays analyze those Black directors who worked for Hollywood and whose films are simplistically dismissed as sell-outs, to the Hollywood master narrative,' as well as those crossover' filmmakers whose achievements entail a surreptitious infiltration of the studios. Black American Cinema demonstrates the wealth of the Black contribution to American film and the complex course that contribution has taken. Contributors: Houston Baker, Jr., Toni Cade Bambara, Amiri Baraka, Jacquie Bobo, Richard Dyer, Jane Gaines, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Ron Green, Ed Guerrero, bell hooks, Phyllis Klotman, Ntongele Masilela, Clyde Taylor, and Michele Wallace.
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