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African Americans in Film

The Green Pastures (1936)

Directed by Marc Connelly and William Keighley. Cast: Rex Ingram, Eddie Anderson, Oscar Polk, Frank Wilson, Hall Johnson Choir. All-back cast in Marc Connelly fable portrays the story of God in His heaven and his people on earth as told to a group of Sunday school children.

The Help (2011)

Directed by Tate Taylor. Cast: Emma Stone, Viola Davis, BryceDallas Howard, Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain, Cicely Tyson,Mike Vogel, Sissy Spacek, Allison Janney, Chris Lowell, AhnaO'Reilly, Mary Steenburgen.

The Human Stain (2003)

Directed by Robert Benton. Cast: Anthony Hopkins, NicoleKidman, Ed Harris, Gary Sinise, Wentworth Miller, Jacinda Barrett,Harry Lennix, Clark Gregg. Coleman Silk is a respected professor ata New England college who suddenly finds his life unraveling aftera comment he makes about some African-American students ismisinterpreted as a racial slur. As the scandal heats up, NathanZuckerman, a writer researching a biography of Silk, begins to digdeeply into Silk's life. Eventually, matters are made worse whenColeman's affair with a young married janitor named Faunia Farleyis exposed.

The Hurricane (1999)

Directed by Norman Jewison. Cast: Denzel Washington, John Hannah, Deborah Kara Unger, Liev Schreiber, Vicellous Reon Shannon, David Paymer, Dan Hedaya, Harris Yulin, Rod Seiger. Based upon true events, this is the story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, an African American boxer who was wrongfully convicted of murder. Sentenced to life in prison, Carter's published memoir, The sixteenth round, inspired a teenager from Brooklyn and three Canadian activists who believed in the truth, to join forces with Carter to prove his innocence. 166 min.

The Jackie Robinson Story (1950)

Directed by Alfred E. Green. Cast: Jackie Robinson, Ruby Dee,Minor Watson, Louise Beavers, Richard Lane, Harry Shannon, BenLessy, Bill Spaulding, Billy Wayne, Joel Fleullen. Dramatizes the story of Jackie Robinson (playing himself) as the first African-American to play major league baseball, including his days at UCLA on a sports scholarship and his career in the Negro League.76 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The Jazz Singer (1927)

Directed by Alan Crosland. Cast: Al Jolson, May McAvoy, WarnerOland, William Demarest, Eugenie Besserer, Otto Lederer, JosefRosenblatt. A melodramatic story of a Jewish cantor's son (AlJolson) who aspires to be a jazz singer despite his father'sobjection and religious tradition. In motion picture history,this marks the first feature film to utilize synchronous sound.Jolson's songs include "Toot, toot, tootsie", "Blue skies", and"Mammy". 89 min. ;

The Jolson Story (1946)

Directed by Alfred E. Green. Cast: Larry Parks, Evelyn Keyes,William Demarest, Bill Goodwin. A musical extravaganza biopictelling the story of the meteoric singing/performing career of AsaYoelson, a talented cantor's son determined to make it big in the"biz". After changing his name to Al Jolson, he captivatedaudiences everywhere with his minstrel and jazz performances. 130min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The Liberation of L.B. Jones: A Story of Southern Hospitality (1969)

Directed by Arthur Penn. Cast: Lee J. Cobb, Anthony Zerbe,Roscoe Lee Browne, Lee Majors, Barbara Hershey, Yaphet Kotto, ArchJohnson, Chill Wills, Lola Falana, Fayard Nicholas, Dub Taylor.Lord Byron Jones is a black businessman who owns a successfulundertaking business, and is married to the very young anddesirable Emma. His ability to cooperate with the white communityis clearly an asset in the genteel town of Somerset, Tennessee.When Emma has an affair with a white policeman, divorce ensues andthe stage is set for high drama.

The Little Colonel (1935)

Directed by David Butler. Cast: Shirley Temple, Lionel Barrymore, Bill Robinson, John Lodge, Evelyn Venable, Hattie McDaniel. An old-fashioned Southern colonel has disowned his daughter for marrying a Yankee and resists all entreaties for a reconciliation until he succumbs to the charms of his little granddaughter. Includes the famous "stairs" dance by Temple and "Bojangles" Robinson. 75 min.
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The Long Walk Home (1991)

Directed by Richard Pearce. Cast: Sissy Spacek, WhoopiGoldberg, Dwight Schultz. When Odessa Cotter, a quietlydignified woman, honors the 1955 Montgomery, Alabama, busboycott by walking an exhausting nine miles to and from work,Miriam, her employer, offers her a ride. Defying both Miriam'sracist husband and the powerful White Citizen's Council, Miriamand Odessa put their lives in danger for civil rights. Theirshared experiences draw them closer as a deep respect andlasting friendship forms. Together, in a difficult world ofblack versus white, they manage to discover a common ground. 98min.