Oscar Micheaux: The Great and Only: The Life of America's First Black Filmmaker

Oscar Micheaux: The Great and Only: The Life of America's First Black Filmmaker

by Patrick McGilligan

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Overview

Oscar Micheaux was the Jackie Robinson of film, the black D. W. Griffith—a bigger-than-life American folk hero whose important life story has been nearly forgotten today. The son of freed slaves, he roamed America as a Pullman porter before making his first mark as a homesteader in South Dakota—and going on from there to become the king of the "race cinema" industry, producing and/or directing nearly forty films during a time of Jim Crow segregation when African-American artists were not welcome in Hollywood.

In this groundbreaking new biography, award-winning film historian Patrick McGilligan offers a vivid and fascinating portrait of a true pioneer of American culture who was equal parts visionary, hustler, huckster, innovator, and raffish Barnum-like showman—and the first great African-American filmmaker.



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ISBN-13: 9780060731403
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/17/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 607,147
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Patrick McGilligan is the author of Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light; Fritz Lang: The Nature of the Beast; and George Cukor: A Double Life; and books on the lives of directors Nicholas Ray, Robert Altman, and Oscar Micheaux, and actors James Cagney, Jack Nicholson, and Clint Eastwood. He also edited the acclaimed five-volume Backstory series of interviews with Hollywood screenwriters and (with Paul Buhle), the definitive Tender Comrades: A Backstory of the Hollywood Blacklist. He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, not far from Kenosha, where Orson Welles was born.

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“In the skilled hands of Patrick McGilligan, Oscar Micheaux’s life story bristles and takes flight.”

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