Hollywood's African American Films: The Transition to Sound

Hollywood's African American Films: The Transition to Sound

by Ryan Jay Friedman
     
 

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In 1929 and 1930, during the Hollywood studios' conversion to synchronized-sound film production, white-controlled trade magazines and African American newspapers celebrated a "vogue" for "Negro films." Hollywood's African American Films argues that the movie business turned to black musical performance to both resolve technological andSee more details below

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In 1929 and 1930, during the Hollywood studios' conversion to synchronized-sound film production, white-controlled trade magazines and African American newspapers celebrated a "vogue" for "Negro films." Hollywood's African American Films argues that the movie business turned to black musical performance to both resolve technological and aesthetic problems introduced by the medium of "talking pictures" and, at the same time, to appeal to the white "Broadway" audience that patronized their most lucrative first-run theaters.

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Black City Cinema: African American Urban Experiences in Film

"Hollywood's African American Films is a compelling explorat
— Paula J. Massood

author of Disintegrating the Musical - Arthur Knight

"Friedman illuminates the brief profusion of African American musical features and shorts at the dawn of sound cinema, showing how these films emerged out of their era and set the stage for Hollywood treatments of Black images and sounds for years to come."
author of Black City Cinema: African American Urban Experiences in Film - Paula J. Massood

"Hollywood's African American Films is a compelling explorat

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813550497
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
07/27/2011
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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