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African Americans in Film

Vampire in Brooklyn (1995)

Directed by Wes Craven. Cast: Eddie Murphy, Angela Bassett,Allen Payne, Kadeem Hardison, John Witherspoon. Maximillian is theonly survivor from a race of vampires on a Caribbean Island, and asa vampire, he must find a mate to keep the line from ending. Heknows that a child had been born to a woman who had a vampirefather, and he searches for her in Brooklyn. Rita's mother, who hasdied in an asylum, was that woman and Rita has nightmares that shedoes not understand.

Veiled Aristocrats (1932)

Directed by Oscar Micheaux. Cast: Laura Bowman,Lorenzo Tucker, Barrington Guy, Lawrence Chenault,Walter Fleming, Lucile Lewis, Carl Mahon, BernadineMason. John Warwick, a light-skinned black who haspassed for white and has become a lawyer, returnsto his home town after a 20 year absence to bereunited with his mother Molly and sister Rena.Frank, a dark skinned man has proposed marriage toRena, but Molly sends her daughter away with herson to also pass for white but Rena eventuallyrenounces trying to pass for white and is reunitedwith Frank.

Waiting To Exhale (1995)

Directed by Forest Whitaker. The story of four African-Americanwomen who journey through a modern labyrinth of husbands andlovers, jobs and makeovers. Based on the novel by Terry McMillan(Main Stack PS3563.C3868.W35 1992) 124 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Walking Tall (1973)

Directed by Phil Karlson. Cast: Joe Don Baker, Noah Beery, Jr.,Elizabeth Hartman, Felton Perry, Pepper Martin. Based on the truestory of the legendary Tennessee sheriff, Buford Pusser, who withthe help of his wife and his right hand man, the first black deputysheriff in Tennessee, refused to compromise his fight againstcorruption in his county. min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Watermelon Man (1970)

Directed by Melvin Van Peebles. Cast: Godfrey Cambridge,Estelle Parsons, Howard Caine, Mantan Moreland. 1970 Comedyconcerning a white suburban bigoted insurance man who wakes up onemorning to find he has turned into a black man. Now he is a whitebigot in black skin who has to contend with a shocked wife, hiskids, angry neighbors, cold shoulders at the office and a back seaton the bus. 97 min. ;
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Way Down South (1939)

Directed by Bernard Vorhaus. Original story andscreenplay by Langston Hughes and ClarenceMuse. Cast: Bobby Breen, Clarence Muse, AlanMowbray, Ralph Morgan, Steffi Duna, SallyBlane, Matthew "Stymie" Beard, Edwin Maxwell,Charles Middleton, Robert Greig, Hall Johnsonchoir. Pre-Civil War Louisiana is the settingas young Tim Reid (Breen) tries to get hisfamily's plantation back from a group oftreacherous trustees. Breen teems up with aCajun innkeeper to foil the villain and singsome songs.

Weird Cartoons. Vol. 1

Includes such racists "gems" of the 1930's and 40's asLittle Black Sambo / Castle Films presents ; produced byCelebrity Pictures ; animated by U.B. Iwerks (ca. 8 min.)-- Scrub me mama with a boogie beat / A Universal Picture ;a Walter Lantz production ; artists, Alex Covy, FrankTipper ; story, Ben Hardaway ; words and music, Don Daye(ca. 6 min.)

What Happened in the Tunnel (1903)

Directed by Edwin S. Porter. "Scene, interior of railroad coach. Pretty young lady and negress maid occupy seat. Youngman in rear seat tries to attract young lady's attention. She drops her handkerchief. Young man picks it up and hands it to her, and then begins to make love to her. As the train enters a tunnel he is last seen trying to put his arms around her. Upone merging he is hugging and kissing the colored maid, the young lady having changed seats with her while in the tunnel, much to the young man's disgust." [AFI Catalog]

Where Is My Man Tonight? (aka. MarchingOn!) (1943)

Directed by Spencer Williams. Cast: HughMartin, Georgia Kelly, Emmet Jackson. Varianttitle: A young man, Young Rodney Tucker Jr. isleading an aimless life. His out-spoken grandfatherSamuel Tucker, a decorated army veteran, thinks themilitary would do the boy good, but Rodney wantsnothing to do with wearing a uniform. Uncle Sam hashis own ideas, and a surprising piece of mailarrives, 'inviting' Rodney to visit his local draftboard. Boot camp rubs Rodney the wrong way and hesoon goes AWOL. But if Grandpa Tucker has anythingto say about it, Rodney will make something out ofhimself yet.

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