Black American Cinema

This is the first major collection of criticism on Black American cinema.

Black American Cinema

This is the first major collection of criticism on Black American cinema. From the pioneering work of Oscar Micheaux and Wallace Thurman to the Hollywood success of Spike Lee, Black American filmmakers have played a remarkable role in the development of the American film, both independent and mainstream. In this volume, the work of early Black filmmakers is given serious attention for the first time. Individual essays consider what a Black film tradition might be, the relation between Black American filmmakers and filmmakers from the diaspora, the nature of Black film aesthetics, the artist's place within the community, and the representation of a Black imaginary. Black American Cinema also uncovers the construction of Black sexuality on screen, the role of Black women in independent cinema, and the specific question of Black female spectatorship. A lively and provocative group of essays debate the place and significance of Spike Lee Of crucial importance are the ways in which the essays analyze those Black directors who worked for Hollywood and whose films are simplistically dismissed as sell-outs, to the Hollywood "master narrative," as well as those "crossover" filmmakers whose achievements entail a surreptitious infiltration of the studios. Black American Cinema demonstrates the wealth of the Black contribution to American film and the complex course that contribution has taken. Contributors: Houston Baker, Jr., Toni Cade Bambara, Amiri Baraka, Jacquie Bobo, Richard Dyer, Jane Gaines, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Ron Green, Ed Guerrero, bell hooks, Phyllis Klotman, Ntongele Masilela, Clyde Taylor, and Michele Wallace.

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Black American Cinema
Language: en
Pages: 336
Authors: Manthia Diawara
Categories: Performing Arts
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-10-02 - Publisher: Routledge

This is the first major collection of criticism on Black American cinema. From the pioneering work of Oscar Micheaux and Wallace Thurman to the Hollywood success of Spike Lee, Black American filmmakers have played a remarkable role in the development of the American film, both independent and mainstream. In this
Contemporary Black American Cinema
Language: en
Pages: 288
Authors: Mia Mask
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-08-21 - Publisher: Routledge

Contemporary Black American Cinema offers a fresh collection of essays on African American film, media, and visual culture in the era of global multiculturalism. Integrating theory, history, and criticism, the contributing authors deftly connect interdisciplinary perspectives from American studies, cinema studies, cultural studies, political science, media studies, and Queer theory.
Black American Cinema Reconsidered
Language: en
Pages: 320
Authors: Manthia Diawara
Categories: African Americans in motion pictures
Type: BOOK - Published: 2007 - Publisher:

Contemporary Black Cinema offers a fresh collection of essays on African American film, media and visual culture in the era of global multiculturalism. Integrating theory, history and criticism, the contributing authors deftly connect interdisciplinary perspectives from American studies, cinema studies, cultural studies, political science, media studies, and Queer theory. This
The A to Z of African American Cinema
Language: en
Pages: 450
Authors: S. Torriano Berry, Venise T. Berry
Categories: Performing Arts
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009-09-02 - Publisher: Scarecrow Press

On 4 July, 1910, in 100-degree heat at an outdoor boxing ring near Reno, Nevada, film cameras recorded-and thousands of fans witnessed-former heavyweight champion Jim Jeffries' reluctant return from retirement to fight Jack Johnson, a black man. After 14 grueling rounds, Johnson knocked out Jeffries and for the first time
Literary Adaptations in Black American Cinema
Language: en
Pages: 558
Authors: Barbara Tepa Lupack
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2002 - Publisher: University Rochester Press

A comprehensive analysis of the ways in which the black American experience has been depicted in film adaptations of popular literature.