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Boldly blending Eisensteinian montage and domestic melodrama, the film features Robeson and his wife, Eslanda, as lovers caught up in a tangled web of interracial affairs. African Dodgers were so commonplace that some sadistic people would bring a hard (wooden or iron) ball into any carnival that came to town, knowing they'd have a chance to throw it at a black man's head and cause him serious injury." In this film comedian Tom Howard plays a man on a carnival midway who gets suckered into substituting for the African Dodger. DVD X2036; vhs 937Directed by Dudley Murphy, with screenplay adapted by Du Bose Heyward from the drama by Eugene O'Neill. Cast: Mae West, Cary Grant, Owen Moore, Noah Beery, Gilbert Roland, Louise Beavers. (Full text available online (UCB users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5. "Mae West's Maids: Race, 'Authenticity,' and the Discourse of Camp." In: Hop on pop : the politics and pleasures of popular culture / edited by Henry Jenkins, Tara Mc Pherson & Jane Shattuc. Threats surrounded the making of the movie, but the studio persisted, creating a bold, torn-from-the-headlines expose of the organization fueled by fear, ignorance and hate -- a nation of "free, white, 100% Americans." 83 min. "Black Legion." In: Celluloid soldiers : the Warner Bros. Presents timeless songs and an equally timeless outcry against racial bigotry. Joe, a dockworker in Marseilles, finds a missing boy and takes him to stay with a local cafe singer, Miranda where they both become surrogate parents to the child. Features an astonishing sequence in which Shirley dons blackface to escape from Union soldiers. "Movies and the Resistance to Tyranny." In: American cinema of the 1930s : themes and variations / edited by Ina Rae Hark. Toms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mammies, and Bucks: An Interpretive History of Blacks in American Films / Donald Bogle. Cast: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland, Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O'Neill, Evelyn Keyes, Ann Rutherford, Hattie Mc Daniel, Butterfly Mc Queen, Carroll Nye, Laura Hope Crews, Ona Munson. " patriotic short; "Spanish fiests" musical short; "Who's who in the zoo" classic cartoon; trailers. This film is considered one of the most outstanding films about racial tension. Based on true events surrounding a light-skinned black family who pass for white in a New Hampshire town. Scott Carter is unable to secure a job as a physician because of his race so he decides "For one year of his life" to pass as a white man, but the one year becomes twenty. Contents: Disc 3: Birthday card -- Relatives -- Kingfish's last friend-- Quo vadis -- Andy falls in love with an actress -- Disc 4. Masculinity in the interracial buddy film Jefferson, N. While there she turns the convent choir into a "soulful chorus of swingin' sisters" complete with a Motown repertoire. But now he has won his freedom and faces a new urgency: reclaiming his 10-year old son from the mean streets' cycle of hate and death. Originally broacast as a segment of the television program: American Experience on January 18, 1993. Whoopi Goldberg returns as the lounge singer who goes undercover as a nun to help an ailing inner-city school. When Manhattan art dealers take a smooth talking young man into their home believing him to be a friend of their children and Sidney Poitier's son, they awake the next morning to find him in bed with a male friend whom he had invited in for the night. Roemello Skuggs and his older brother Raynathan grew up in Harlem with junkies for a mother and father. Kamalipour, Theresa Carilli ; foreword by George Gerbner. He is forced to come to terms with his past, facing his father's possible involvement with the KKK, and his part in the crime. Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Nicole Kidman, Ed Harris, Gary Sinise, Wentworth Miller, Jacinda Barrett, Harry Lennix, Clark Gregg.
An independently produced horror film featuring an all-black cast. DVD X787; also DVD X1639 Directed by Directed by Tay Garnett. Cast: Lena Horne, Bill Robinson, Cab Calloway and his band, Katherine Dunham and her troupe, Fats Waller, Nicholas Brothers. "Performing 'Stormy Weather': Ethel Waters, Lena Horne, and Katherine Dunham." South Central Review: The Journal of the South Central Modern Language Association, vol. Based on Tales of Uncle Remus by Joe Chandler Harris. Nick, the proprietor of a Bourbon Street gambling joint, an artistic haven for African-American musicans who gather and jam from dusk til dawn, falls in love with an opera-singing socialite. Cast: Lloyd Bridges, James Edwards, Frank Lovejoy, Douglas Dick, Steve Brodie, Jeff Corey. Written variously by Bob Ross, Dave Schwartz, Joe Connelly, Bob Mosher, Paul West, and Jay Sommers. (Andy) ; Tim Moore (Kingfish) ; Ernestine Wade (Sapphire) ; Amanda Randolph (Mama) ; Johnny Lee (Calhoun). In 1928 New York, spirits are high and jazz, dancing and gangsters rule supreme. A race relations drama about a military murder at a black army base near the end of World War II, and the subsequent investigation of the murder. Special features: Production notes, March to freedom documentary narrated by Paul Winfield, director Norman Jewison's commentary, original theatrical trailer, bonus theatrical trailer. While struggling to support herself and her six children in Harlem by working as a maid for a wealthy family, Claudine meets a charming garbage man, Roop. "From Blaxploitation to African American Film." In: The films of the seventies : a social history / by William J. With the LAPD and the FBI after them, they each become dependent on the other to survive. A car accident brings together a group of strangers in Los Angeles in this provocative, unflinching look at the complexities of racial tolerance in contemporary America. In August of 1991, an African American boy (Gavin Cato) was accidentally killed by a car driven by a Hasidic Jewish man in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn.
Cast: Robert Taylor, George Murphy, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Nolan. Petunia Jackson, a poor but devout woman, is burdened with a shiftless husband called Little Joe. A delightful musical strung together with a silly romantic show biz script. After losing his nightclub Nick tries over the course of many years to get jazz the respect and audience it deserves. "A paralyzed African-American war veteran Private Peter Moss (Edwards) begins to walk again only when he confronts his fear of forever being an "outsider." The film utilizes the recurrent theme of a diverse group of men being subjected to the horror of war and their individual reactions, in this case, the hell of jungle combat against the Japanese in WW II. Contents: Disc 7: The adoption -- Leroy's suits-- The convention -- Ready made family -- Kingfish gets drafted -- Disc 8. Harlem's Cotton Club is in the center of it all, where rich upper-eastsiders mix with dressed-up mobsters. But although Roop is smitten with the lovely single mother, his own life trials make him slow to respond to her invitation to a lifetime of love. Four hours later Yankel Rosenbaum was murdered in retaliation.
99:4 Contents: Amos n' Andy: Introduction of actors to studio audience by producers (6 min.) -- Amos n' Andy: The Rare Coin (27 min.) -- Amos n' Andy: Kingfish Enlists (25 min.) -- Trouble with Father: A Skeleton at the Party (27 min.) -- Jack Benny Program: Benny in the Lineup (25 min.). Ethel Waters plays a kind of "nouveau mammy" to Julie Harris' anguished white girl on the verge of adulthood. "Screen Politics: Otto Preminger's Carmen Jones." In: Carmen : from silent film to MTV / edited by Chris Perriam and Ann Davies. The story of privileged society of the Old South centering around Amish Bond, a plantation owner with a secret past of slave trading, a freedom-yearning slave Bond has raised as a son, and the fiery belle, well educated and born into a good family who goes on the auction block when her part-African heritage is revealed. He agrees to be part of a bank job planned by former cop Burke. Cambridge [England]; New York, NY, USA: Cambridge University Press, 1994. DVD includs Black rebels: Five years after "This Rebel Breed" was released, producer William Rowland added some incongruous inserts filled with nudity and re-released the film under the titles Black Rebels, Lola's Mistake, and Three Shades of Love. Performers: Sidney Poitier, Claudia Mc Neil, Ruby Dee. stumbles upon five German refugee nuns in Arizona and stops to fix their farmhouse roof. "The Black Image in Protective Custody: Hollywood's Biracial Buddy Films of the Eighties." In: Black American cinema / edited by Manthia Diawara. When it becomes clear that Simon and Theresa's relationship is likely to be altar-bound, Percy finds himself suddenly full of misgivings about the young man. Can this well-meaning girl and her lawyer father change the minds and hearts of the plantation owners? A dramatization of the life of the human rights activist, cultural reformer and member of Parliament, William Wilberforce who sustained a twenty-year fight in 19th century England, endeavoring to end the British transatlantic slave trade.
The first instance of a black actress being used to carry a major-studio production. Until, that is, he finds out one of his partners will be a black man. In this film to obtain the edgy look desired by the director a rare filming technique was used: infrared photography. John Cassavetes' first film, tells a gripping story of racism set against a New York background in the 1950's. 1961 film based on the award-winning play about a struggling black family living on Chicago's South Side and the impact of an unexpected insurance bequest. Cast: Sidney Poitier, Bobby Darin, Peter Falk, Carl Benton Reid. Homer discovers that not only will the Mother Superior not pay him for the job, but she also expects him to build their chapel -- for free! Cast: Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Sorrell Booke, Godfrey Cambridge, Alan Alda, Hilda Haynes. Wilberforce encountered intense opposition from members of Parliament but his minister John Newton, a reformed slave ship captain who penned the hymn "Amazing Grace" urged him to see the cause through. DVD 8799 Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database Directed by Bill Condon.
Contents: Introduction (2 min.) -- A Natural born gambler (1916, si. Young man in rear seat tries to attract young lady's attention. Young man picks it up and hands it to her, and then begins to make love to her. Cast: Josephine Baker, Micheline Presle, George Marchal, Raymond Aimos, Jean Tissier, Gabrielle Dorziat, Saturnin Fabre, Marguerite Perry, Lucien Baroux. Cast: Zack Williams, Laura Bowman, Alfred Grant, Spencer Williams, Daisy Buford. Contents: Disc 5: Hospitalization -- The antique shop -- Rare coin (also on vhs Video/C 9639) -- Young girl's mother -- The girl upstairs -- Disc 6. Her life is transformed by the friendship of two women who help her find self-respect and the courage to change her life. Soon they form a friendship that sparks a final burst of genius in the fading musician. Based on the novel: The human stain by Philip Roth. Critically acclaimed drama that invokes the glory days of the Harlem Renaissance. Cast: Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith, Mark Ruffalo, Peter Berg, Bruce Mc Gill, Irma P. Vincent is a cool, calculating contract killer at the top of his game.
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WWII movie featuring what Donald Bogle has called the movies' representation of "New Negro" in the military (an increasingly sympathetic image in the war and post-war years). When Little Joe is seriously wounded in a fight and seems about to die, the forces of heaven and hell begin a battle for his soul. Horne sings the title song, Waller does a rendition of "Ain't misbehavin". "Singing prettily : Lena Horne in Hollywood." In: In the space of a song : the uses of song in film / Richard Dyer. The soldier's comrades include his lifelong white friend Finch (Bridges), whose death leaves him racked with guilt; redneck-bigot corporal (Brodie); and troubled Sergeant Mingo (Lovejoy). "Home of the brave." In: The war film / edited and with an introduction by Robert Eberwein. Traffic violations -- The society party -- Kingfish's secretary-- The new neighbors -- Vacation. On stage is gifted coronet player Dixie Dwyer, who dreams of the big time, and tap sensation Sandman Williams who can't touch his girl, the lovely singer Lila Rose Oliver, because of strict club rules. For the following three days, the Heights experienced riots and racial tensions. Moses forge a friendship based on a mutual love of rap music and dance. Cast: Kent Faulcon, Berlinda Tolbert, David Raibon, Ron Bottitta, Christopher May, Leon Morenzie, Sam Jones. Cast: Bernie Mac, Ashton Kutcher, Zoe Saldana, Judith Scott, Hal Williams, Kellee Stewart, Robert Curtis Brown.
Bataan features Kenneth Spencer as a black demolitions expert who figures prominantly and heroically in the action of the movie. A thinly veild dramatization of the life of dancer Bill Robinson. In the film's crucial scene, the doctor (Corey) forces Moss to overcome his paralysis by yelling a racial slur; from this point on, Moss will never again kowtow to prejudice." [Wikipedia] Based upon an original play by Arthur Laurents. DVD 7390 Selected episodes from the 1950's television sit com which relates the comic adventures of Amos Jones and Andrew H. Cast: Richard Widmark, Linda Darnell, Stephen Mc Nally, Sidney Poitier. Cast: Ginger Rogers, Ronald Reagan, Doris Day, Steve Cochran. Cast: Richard Wright, Jean Wallace, Gloria Madison, Nicholas Joy, Willa Pearl Curtiss, Charles Cane. Set in Chicago, Native son tells the story of Bigger Thomas, a young black man who accidentally murders his employer's daughter while performing his duties as chauffeur. A romantic musical of Magnolia Hawks who grew up on the riverboat, Cotton Blossom. "The Black Image in Protective Custody: Hollywood's Biracial Buddy Films of the Eighties." In: Black American cinema / edited by Manthia Diawara. As tension rises, so do tempers, and the nightclub becomes a pressure-cooker of jilted loves and mob jobs. The efforts of an African American youth leader and a Hasidic rabbi bring the polarized communities together. Two groups that have suffered persecution throughout the centuries embrace tolerance and discover that progress is possible. A successful New York lawer and gay African American man comes home to rural Louisiana to investigate the lynching death of the also gay childhood friend. Percy Jones is the understandably proud father of Theresa.
Brown (Amos n' Andy), two black men trying to make it in Harlem whose lives are complicated by the schemes of the Kingfish. Cast: Jackie Robinson, Ruby Dee, Minor Watson, Louise Beavers, Richard Lane, Harry Shannon, Ben Lessy, Bill Spaulding, Billy Wayne, Joel Fleullen. When a young African-American doctor operates on two white brothers brought in for gunshot wounds, it sets off a chain of violent confrontations between a vicious psychopath, his gang and the black community. A school teacher visiting relatives in an unnamed small town happens to witness the beating death of a man at the hands of the KKK. (Ronald Reagan) is the man who breaks the stranglehold of the hooded terrorists--through the simple expedient of walking into one of their meetings and calmly identifying each of them by name. The combined forces of institutional racism and condescending white liberalism pursue Thomas to an unhappy end. When a snitch on board calls the police the leading lady, Julie (who's half African-American) and her white husband are forced to leave the show. Cast: Sonya Wilde, James Franciscus, Pat Michon, Isabel Cooley. Cast: Jeffrey Hunter, Woody Strode, Billie Burke, Constance Towers, Juano Hernandez, Willis Bouchey. Set in the American South on a remote coastal island, a black man fleeing a lynch mob meets a racist sheriff and a recently orphaned 13 year old white girl. Cast: Rita Moreno, Mark Damon, Gerald Mohr, Jay Novello, Eugenio Martin. She is a beautiful and intelligent young woman living in New York City.
Written variously by Bob Ross, Dave Schwartz, Joe Connelly, Bob Mosher, Paul West, and Jay Sommers. (Andy) ; Tim Moore (Kingfish) ; Ernestine Wade (Sapphire) ; Amanda Randolph (Mama) ; Johnny Lee (Calhoun). 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. She soon discovers that the whole town is controlled by this vigilante group, and that her loutish brother-in-law is one of the group's members. The author plays the leading role in this film version. Magnolia becomes the leading show boat attraction and a gambler, Gaylor Ravenal, the leading man. "Making Believe: Show Boat, Race, and Romance, 1925-1957." In: Edna Ferber's Hollywood : American fictions of gender, race, and history / J. Smyth ; foreword by Austin : University of Texas Press, 2010. "Dissonant Refrains: Carmen on Film." In: Dreams of difference, songs of the same : the musical moment in film / Amy Herzog. Cast: Harry Belafonte, Robert Ryan, Shelley Winters, Ed Begley, Gloria Grahame. A beautiful young woman meets and marries the man of her dreams--only she has not told him that she is half-black, and he and his rich family and friends are white. An African-American "buffalo soldier" is accused of rape and murder, but is successfully defended by a white officer during his trial in 1881. Cantrell defends him as witnesses give testimony relived in flashbacks, revealing the sergeant's gallantry and eventually the shocking truth behind the alleged crimes. Upon release in 1960, this film shocked American audiences with its depiction of a strong, sarchastic black man, capable of holding his own against racism. Black, Anglo and Hispanic high-school gangs duke it out in this story about two undercover cops who infiltrate the gangs to stop narcotics trafficking. When Percy learns that his daughter is seriously dating a young man, he decides to do some research, and learns that her beau is a solid businessman. Rapper DJay, who dreams of becoming the next big rap superstar, works all the angles to get his first record made.
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