Black Lenses, Black Voices

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Overview

Black Lenses, Black Voices is a provocative look at films directed and written—and sometimes produced—by African Americans, as well as black-oriented films whose directors or screenwriters are not black. Mark Reid shows how certain films dramatize the contemporary African American community as a politically and economically diverse group, vastly different from film representations of the 1960s. Taking us through the development of African American independent filmmaking before and after World War II, he then illustrates the unique nature of African American family, action, horror, female-centered, and independent films, such as Eve's Bayou, Jungle Fever, Shaft, Souls of Sin, Bones, Waiting to Exhale, Monster's Ball, Sankofa, and many more.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reid makes another substantial contribution to literature on African American film history and theory with this book. . . . The volume's six freestanding essays examine early African American film, black family film, black action film, black horror film, black female-centered film, and black independent film. Essential.
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Reid makes another substantial contribution to literature on African American film history and theory with this book. . . . The volume's six freestanding essays examine early African American film, black family film, black action film, black horror film, black female-centered film, and black independent film. Essential.
Thomas R. Cripps
In Black Lenses, Black Voices Mark Reid has given us an always interesting summation of his evolving, highly original analysis of black film as a cinema 'committed to the survival and wholeness of an entire people.'
Janet Staiger
Mark Reid brings to our attention a complex and rich group of contemporary films, deftly setting them within their history in African American and Hollywood filmmaking. Always enlightening, never simple, Reid's work is significant for film criticism and for race and gender media analysis.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742526419
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2005
  • Series: Genre and Beyond: a Film Studies Series
  • Pages: 146
  • Product dimensions: 0.38 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark A. Reid is professor of English and film at the University of Florida at Gainesville, where he teaches African Diasporic studies.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 1 Early African American Film, 1912–1940 and Beyond Chapter 3 2 Black Family Film: The 1990s Chapter 4 3 Black Action Film after Twenty Years Chapter 5 4 Two African American Horror Films Chapter 6 5 Black Female-Centered Film Chapter 7 6 Black Independent Film: Haile Gerima's Sankofa Chapter 8 Bibliography Chapter 9 Selected Filmography

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