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Black American cinema

Author: Manthia Diawara
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 1993. ©1993
Series: AFI film readers.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Manthia Diawara
ISBN: 0415903963 9780415903967 0415903971 9780415903974
OCLC Number: 26633666
Description: x, 324 pages ; 24 cm
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.
Series Title: AFI film readers.
Responsibility: edited by Manthia Diawara.


Black American Cinema demonstrates the wealth of Black contribution to American film and the complex course that contribution has taken.  Read more...
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"Manthia Diawara's Black American Cinema shows how refreshingly far away from decorous consensus the field of Black cinema study is today, in a varied and provocative montage of opinions, personal Read more...

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