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African Americans in Film

Blaxploitation Cartoon Festival.

A series of 8 short animated "racist" cartoonsfeaturing blackfaced caricatures. Includes Amos n' Andy,Jungle Jitters, Scrub me Mama, Little black Sambo. 50 min.

Blonde Venus (1932)

Directed by Josef von Sternberg. Cast: Marlene Dietrich,Herbert Marshall, Cary Grant, Hattie McDaniel. Features a musicalnumber, "Hot Voodoo", in which Dietrich appears onstage as acabaret singer, wearing a gorilla suit to the sound of drums,attended by a chorus of women in blackface decked out as "natives."In the number, Dietrich removes the gorilla suit to reveal herselfas a blonde Venus, white sexualized femininity itself... 94 min.; Online Access through LFLFC .

Blue Melodies (Hollywood rhythm: Paramount Musical Shorts; 3)

Various, Paramount (1929-34). Eight minimusicals featuring landmark performances by thelegends of jazz and blues from the early years ofsound film production. Bessie Smith stars in heronly film, the once-notorious musical St. LouisBlues. Teenaged Billie Holiday performs with DukeEllington's orchestra while another piece, Bundleof Blues, spotlights Ellington's favorite bandsinger, Ivie Anderson. And, months before herBroadway debut, a girlish Ethel Merman defends herlife before a judge in Her Future.

Boarding House Blues (1948)

Directed by Josh Binney. Cast: Dusty Fletcher,Lucky Millinder and Orchestra, Bull MooseJackson, Jackie "Moms" Mabley, Una MaeCarlisle, Berry Bros., Marie Cooke. An "evil"landlord threatens to evict "Moms" and hertenants from their boardinghouse because shecan't pay the rent. Since the tenants aremostly entertainers they decide to put on ashow to raise the money. 90 min. ;
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Body and Soul (1925)

Directed by Oscar Micheaux. Cast: Paul Robeson,Julie Theresa Russell, Marshall Rogers, Chester A.Alexander, Walter Comick, Mercedes Gilbert. PaulRobeson stars in this early silent film of aminister gone corrupt. He associates with the ownerof a house of gambling, forces a girl to steal andlater kills the girl's brother. But, when all issaid and done it's only a dream. 80 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet MovieDatabase

Bones (1988)

Directed by Ernest Dickerson. Cast:Snoop Dogg, Pam Grier, Khalil Kain, RickyHarris, Clifton Powell, Bianca Lawson,Michael T. Weiss. A notorious streethustler is mistakenly brought back from thedead after some kids buy the house he waskilled in over 20 years before. Now he isseeking revenge on those who murdered him.With each new victim, the terror mounts,and Bones' vengeance spins out of control,threatening everyone in his path, includinghis former lover, Pearl.

Booty Call (1997)

Directed by Jeff Pollack. Cast: Jamie Foxx, Tommy Davidson,Vivica A. Fox, Tamala Jones. After weeks of dating, Rushon andNikki think they might be in love. And they know they're in lust.There's just one little problem--Nikki insists on double-datingwith her best friend Lysterine on the night Rushon has reserved forromance. 79 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Borderline (UK, 1930)

Directed by Kenneth MacPherson. Cast: Paul Robeson, Eslanda Robeson, Helga Doorn, Gavin Arthur, Charlotte Arthur, Blanche Lewin. This experimental silent film, made in Switzerland by an independent British film company, is chiefly remembered as Paul Robeson's first film. Boldly blending Eisensteinian montage and domestic melodrama, the film features Robeson and his wife, Eslanda, as lovers caught up in a tangled web of interracial affairs. 63 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Boy! What a Girl! (1947)

Director Arthur Leonard. Cast: Tim Moore, BettiMays, Elmwood Smith, Warren Patterson, Al Jackson,Duke Williams, Sheila Guyse, Slam Stewart Trio, SidCatlett and Band, Basil Spears, Ann Cornell,Harlemaniacs, Milton Wood, Gene Krupa, Deek Watsonand The Brown Dots. Tim Moore in an Amos 'n AndyKingfish impersonates a wealthy spinster fromParis. Includes a series of musical performances byblack artists including Slam Stewart, Sid Catlett,Deek Watson and a guest appearance by Gene Krupa.70 min.

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