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Paul Robeson: Film Pioneer
     

Paul Robeson: Film Pioneer

by Scott Allen Nollen
 

This is the first book-length study of the 12 films starring African American Renaissance man Paul Robeson (1898-1976). Singer, actor, author, lawyer, athlete, pacifist and civil rights activist, Robeson was also the first African American to receive top billing in motion pictures, delivering unforgettable characterizations in such classics as The Emperor Jones

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This is the first book-length study of the 12 films starring African American Renaissance man Paul Robeson (1898-1976). Singer, actor, author, lawyer, athlete, pacifist and civil rights activist, Robeson was also the first African American to receive top billing in motion pictures, delivering unforgettable characterizations in such classics as The Emperor Jones (1933), Sanders of the River (1935), Show Boat (1936) and The Proud Valley (1940). Original research is provided from primary materials housed at the Schonberg Center for Black Culture in Harlem and the FBI archives in Washington, D.C., and from Robeson's family and friends, including his son Paul Robeson, Jr., and his godson, singer-composer Eric Bibb. Two appendices cover Robeson's film work as offscreen narrator and singer and his many stage appearances. Rare illustrations include never-before published original studio materials.

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Robeson may be best known for his stage work, but he also acted in 11 movies, from the late silent era until World War II. Nollen explores the impact of Robeson's cinematic work.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786435203
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
10/14/2010
Pages:
215
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Scott Allen Nollen was educated in film and history at the University of Iowa. He has written and edited more than 40 books on the history of film, literature and music.

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