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African Americans in Film

That's Black Entertainment, Part I: Race Movies: The Early History of Black Cinema with Three Original Short Films

The first film, Race movies, explores theinvolvement of black filmmakers in filmmaking fromits earliest days through the 1920s, withparticular emphasis on the work of James WeldonJohnson, Oscar Micheaux, and Richard D. Maurice.Focus is on the movies that were made andproduction companies that produced them, includingthe Lincoln Motion Picture Company of Los Angeles,Micheaux Pictures Corporation and the Norman FilmManufacturing Company. Concludes with three shortsthat were shown in movie houses prior to featurepresentations.

That's Black Entertainment, Part II: Celebrating Legendary Black Westerns

Explores the Black underground film industryfeaturing footage from the 1920s through the 1950s.Features respected western actor Bill Pickett, whostarred in the firest Black western, "The bulldogger" in 1921. Also represented is HerbertJeffries, also know as The Bronze Buckaroo and thefirst cinematic Black cowboy star. 2002. 144 min.

That's Black Entertainment, Part II: The Soundies Era: Black music videos from the 1940's

A vintage collection of sixteen three-minutemusic videos called "Soundies" which wereoriginally screened on a visual jukebox calledPanorams during the 1940s. Includes many of thebiggest names in Afro-American music and film.Contents: Hey Lawdy Mama / June Richmond, RoyMilton -- Take me back, baby / Count Basie -- Someof These Days / Maxine Sullivan -- Beat Me, Daddy /Maurice Rocco -- Is You Is, Or Is You Ain't MyBaby?

That's Black Entertainment, Part III: Celebrating Legendary Black Comedians

Intriguing view of the underground Black filmindustry in the early 1900s. Featuring footage fromthe 1920s through the 1950s. Offers a pricelesscollection of unique performances by Black legends.2002. 189 min.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1939)

Performers: Mickey Rooney, Walter Connolly, William Frawley. Clarence Muse plays "Jim" as what Donald Bogel has characterizedas the "archtypical tom." (Bogle, Donald. Toms, Coons,Mulattoes, Mammies, and Bucks: An Interpretive History of Blacks in American Films / Donald Bogle. New expanded ed.New York: Continuum, 1989) 89 min. ;
See also: Born to Trouble: The Adventures ofHuckleberry Finn.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1985)

Performers: Patrick Day, Sada Thompson, Samm-Art Williams,Frederick Forrest, Lillian Gish, Bernard Hughes. 121 min.

The African Dodger (1931)

Directed by Mort Blumenstock. Cast: Tom Howard, Joe Lyons,Edward Gargan. "In the early twentieth century, many Americancarnivals and fun fairs featured an "African Dodger". This wasa Negro (usually genuine, sometimes a white man in blackface)who would stick his head through a hole and taunt the suckers,who paid a nickel for the privilege of throwing baseballs atthe African Dodger. The dodger would (usually) pull his headout of the hole in time to avoid getting hit, but sometimes hewasn't fast enough.

The Attendant

Directed by Isaac Julien. Cast: ThomasBaptiste, Cleo Sylvestre, John Wilson. Thisfilm presents the inner fantasies of anolder black married attendant at a museum,who is obsessed by images of his homosexualdesires. In his fantasies, the paintings onthe walls of his museums, includingFrancois Biard's Scene on the Coast ofAfrica, are transformed into very eroticimages of men being bound and whipped. 8min. c1993.
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The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (TV, 1973)

Directed by John Korty. Cast: Cicely Tyson, Richard A. Dysart.Presents the story of the long life of Miss Jane Pittman, who beganher life as a slave in the South and who marched for her civilrights in the 20th century at the age of 110. Based on the novel ofthe same title by Ernest J. Gaines. Special DVD features: "TheMaking of the Autobiography of Ms. Jane Pittman" documentary -behind the scenes footage; new interviews with Ernest J.

The Best Man (1999)

Directed by Hype Williams. Cast: TayeDiggs, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut, HaroldPerrineau, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan,Monica Calhoun, Melissa De Sousa.Scandalous secrets from the past begin toreveal themselves when old college buddiesreunite for a wedding. 121 min. Credits and other information from the InternetMovie Database

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