August 1, 2000
August 1, 2000
Bowser (specialist in African and African American film) and Louise Spence (media studies, Sacred Heart U.) define and describe the audiences for black films while examining African American film director Micheaux's unique vision and contribution as an artist and novelist and its relation to his work as a filmmaker. With a focus on the first decade of his career, they place his work firmly within his social and cultural milieu, and examine his family background and life experience. They also provide a close textual analysis of his surviving silent films and highlight the rivalry between production companies, dilemmas of assimilation versus a separate cultural identity, and gender and class issues. Contains several b&w photographs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This study examines the early film career of Oscar Micheaux, a novelist turned film maker who went on to become the most prolific African-American director ever, directing nearly 40 feature films. Appearing on the so-called "race-movie circuit," Micheaux's films were seen by almost exclusively black audiences. Bowser and Spencer focus on the 20 or so of Micheaux's movies made prior to his first sound film, THE EXILE (1931), and address the way that these films were received by their intended audiences.
- Online Item #: 13671168
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-71-2595
- ISBN: 9780813528038
- Item can be gift wrapped.
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