Black American Cinema

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415903974
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/28/1993
  • Series: AFI Film Readers Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Manthia Diawara is Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
1 Black American Cinema: The New Realism 3
2 "Twoness" in the Style of Oscar Micheaux 26
3 Fire and Desire: Race, Melodrama, and Oscar Micheaux 49
4 Oscar Micheaux: The Story Continues 71
5 The Black Writer in Hollywood, Circa 1930: The Case of Wallace Thurman 80
6 Is Car Wash a Black Musical? 93
7 The Los Angeles School of Black Filmmakers 107
8 Reading the Signs, Empowering the Eye: Daughters of the Dust and the Black Independent Cinema Movement 118
9 Spike Lee at the Movies 145
10 Spike Lee and the Commerce of Culture 154
11 The Ironies of Palace-Subaltern Discourse 177
12 Looking for Modernism 200
13 Black Spectatorship: Problems of Identification and Resistance 211
14 The Harlem Theatre: Black Film Exhibition in Austin, Texas: 1920-1973 221
15 The Black Image in Protective Custody: Hollywood's Biracial Buddy Films of the Eighties 237
16 The Construction of Black Sexuality: Towards Normalizing the Black Cinematic Experience 247
17 Race, Gender, and Psychoanalysis in Forties Film: Lost Boundaries, Home of the Brave, and The Quiet One 257
18 Reading Through the Text: The Black Woman as Audience 272
19 The Oppositional Gaze: Black Female Spectators 288
Bibliography 303
List of Contributors 311
Index 313
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