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The 50 most influential Black films

New York : Citadel Press/Kensington, c2001.
2001/03/01

The 50 most influential Black films Overview

Here is a plentifully illustrated guide to the most powerful and socially significant movies made for, by, and about African Americans. The films are presented by decade, from 1900 to the present day, with introductions to each section connecting the movies to the social currents of their time. Evocative stills accompany the enlightening coverage of well-known movies such as Body and Soul, The Emperor Jones, Carmen Jones, A Raisin in the Sun, Shaft, Blacula, Malcolm X, and Eve's Bayou, as well as lesserknown but important films such as The Birth of a Race, Countdown at Kusini, and To Sleep with Anger. More than just a collection of descriptions, The 50 Most Influential Black Films includes industry and popular reviews of each film and incisive interviews with Hollywood greats, among them legendary actor Ossie Davis and acclaimed directors Euzhan Palcy and Ivan Dixon. Here, too, is information on the availability of the movies fully covered in these pages, as well as suggestions about where to find and see the other films listed.


The 50 most influential Black films Table Of Content

Acknowledgments viii
Introduction 3
1. Society Profile: 1900-1928, The Silent Era 5
Film Fact Before the Fiction: Johnson vs. Jeffries Fight Film, 1910 7
The Railroad Porter, 1912 10
The Realization of a Negro's Ambition, 1916 12
The Birth of a Race, 1918 15
Body and Soul, 1925 19
The Scar of Shame, 1927 23
2. Society Profile: 1929-1939, Early Sound Films 26
Hearts in Dixie, 1929 28
Hallelujah, 1929 31
The Emperor Jones, 1933 35
Imitation of Life, 1934 39
Harlem on the Prairie, 1938 43
Interview with Herb Jeffries 46
3. Society Profile, 1940-1949, Race Flicks 51
The Blood of Jesus, 1941 53
Cabin in the Sky, 1943 57
Stormy Weather, 1943 60
Interview with Fayard Nicholas 63
Home of the Brave, 1949 68
4. Society Profile, 1950-1959, The Coming of Color 71
The Jackie Robinson Story, 1950 73
Carmen Jones, 1954 76
St. Louis Blues, 1958 79
Interview with Ruby Dee 82
5. Society Profile, 1960-1969, A Separate Cinema 84
Sergeant Rutledge, 1960 87
A Raisin in the Sun, 1961 91
Black Like Me, 1964 94
Nothing but a Man, 1964 97
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, 1967 101
The Learning Tree, 1969 105
Interview with Gordon Parks 108
6. Society Profile, 1970-1979, The Blaxploitation Era 113
Sweet Sweetback's Baadassss Song, 1971 116
Shaft, 1971 120
Interview with Gordon Parks 123
Buck and the Preacher, 1972 125
Blacula, 1972 129
The Spook Who Sat by the Door, 1973 132
Interview with Ivan Dixon 135
Coffy, 1973 141
Claudine, 1974 144
Interview with James Earl Jones 146
Cooley High, 1975 150
Interviews with Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs and Eric Monte 154
Countdown at Kusini, 1976 163
Interviews with Ossie Davis and Dr. Jeanne Noble 165
7. Society Profile, 1980-1989, New Ebony Images 176
Krush Groove, 1985 178
The Color Purple, 1985 181
She's Gotta Have It, 1986 185
Hollywood Shuffle, 1987 188
A Dry White Season, 1989 192
Interview with Euzhan Palcy 196
Lean on Me, 1989 203
Glory, 1989 207
8. Society Profile, 1990 and Beyond 211
Daughters of the Dust, 1991 216
Boyz 'N the Hood, 1991 220
To Sleep With Anger, 1991 224
Interview with Charles Burnett 227
Bebe's Kids, 1992 231
Malcolm X, 1992 235
Waiting to Exhale, 1995 239
Interview with Loretta Devine 242
The Nutty Professor, 1996 245
Get On the Bus, 1996 249
Interview with Reuben Cannon 253
Amistad, 1997 258
Eve's Bayou, 1997 261
The Best Man, 1999 264
9. Influential Independent Efforts 267
Hellbound Train, 1930 267
The White Girl, 1988 270
Sankofa, 1994 274
Interview with Haile Germina 277
Naked Acts, 1996 287
A Note on the Availability of Films 291
Bibliography 292
Index 305


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The 50 most influential Black films

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  • Book Format: Paperback
  • ISBN-13: 9780806521336
  • ISBN-10: 0806521333
  • Number of Pages: 312
  • Dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.02 (d)
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