Black City Cinema: African American Urban Experiences in Film / Edition 1

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Films discussed in Black City Cinema include Hallelujah, The Green Pastures, Cabin in the Sky, Stormy Weather, Scar of Shame, Within Our Gates, Two Gun Man From Harlem, Dark Manhattan, Cotton Comes to Harlem, Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, Superfly, Bush Mama, She's Gotta Have It, Do The Right Thing, Boyz N the Hood, Menace II Society, Posse, Clockers, Down in the Delta, and Shaft (2000).\
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Massood (film studies, Brooklyn Coll.) not only discusses the representation of African Americans in films and works by African Americans but also provides a sociogeographic context, which, in turn, supplies a new and very rich way of looking at and analyzing the films that she discusses. In six chapters, Massood describes the chronological and physical distances between the rural South, which many assumed was the "natural" dwelling place of most black Americans, and the industrialized northern cities, where African Americans migrated over the course of the last 100 years. The book discusses a range of films, from "race" films of the 1930s and the all-black musicals made by Hollywood from 1929 to 1943 to works by contemporary directors such as Spike Lee and John Singleton. The tone of the book is very academic, and the language and terms used may not be accessible to a high school audience. Highly recommended for academic libraries and large public libraries with a strong film or African American collection.-Andrea Slonosky, Long Island Univ., Brooklyn, New York Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592130030
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 1/13/2003
  • Series: Culture and the Moving Image Ser.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 1,368,606
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Migrations, Movies, and African American Cities on the Screen 1
1 Antebellum Idyll and Hollywood's Black-Cast Musicals 11
2 Harlem is Heaven: City Motifs in Race Films from the Early Sound Era 45
3 Cotton in the City: The Black Ghetto, Blaxploitation, and Beyond 79
4 Welcome to Crooklyn: Spike Lee and the Rearticulation of the Black Urbanscape 117
5 Out of the Ghetto, into the Hood: Changes in the Construction of Black City Cinema 145
6 Taking the A-Train, The City, the Train, and Migration in Spike Lee's Clockers 175
Epilogue: New Millenium Minstrel Shows? African American Cinema in the Late 1990s 207
Notes 227
Index 257
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