Migrating to the Movies: Cinema and Black Urban Modernity / Edition 1

Migrating to the Movies: Cinema and Black Urban Modernity / Edition 1

by Jacqueline Najuma Stewart
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520233492

ISBN-13: 9780520233492

Pub. Date: 03/28/2005

Publisher: University of California Press

The rise of cinema as the predominant American entertainment around the turn of the last century coincided with the migration of hundreds of thousands of African Americans from the South to the urban "land of hope" in the North. This richly illustrated book, discussing many early films and illuminating black urban life in this period, is the first detailed look at

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The rise of cinema as the predominant American entertainment around the turn of the last century coincided with the migration of hundreds of thousands of African Americans from the South to the urban "land of hope" in the North. This richly illustrated book, discussing many early films and illuminating black urban life in this period, is the first detailed look at the numerous early relationships between African Americans and cinema. It investigates African American migrations onto the screen, into the audience, and behind the camera, showing that African American urban populations and cinema shaped each other in powerful ways.

Focusing on Black film culture in Chicago during the silent era, Migrating to the Movies begins with the earliest cinematic representations of African Americans and concludes with the silent films of Oscar Micheaux and other early "race films" made for Black audiences, discussing some of the extraordinary ways in which African Americans staked their claim in cinema's development as an art and a cultural institution.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520233492
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
03/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
367
Sales rank:
456,061
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : a nigger in the woodpile, or black (in)visibility in film history1
1"To misrepresent a helpless race" : the black image problem23
2Mixed colors : riddles of blackness in preclassical cinema50
3"Negroes laughing at themselves"? : black spectatorship and the performance of urban modernity93
4"Some thing to see up here all the time" : moviegoing and black urban leisure in Chicago114
5Along the "stroll" : Chicago's black belt movie theaters155
6Reckless rovers versus ambitious Negroes : migration, patriotism, and the politics of genre in early African American filmmaking189
7"We were never immigrants" : Oscar Micheaux and the reconstruction of black American identity219

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