Migrating to the Movies

Cinema and Black Urban Modernity
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ISBN-13:
9780520936409
Einband:
Ebook
Seiten:
367
Autor:
Jacqueline Najuma Stewart
eBook Typ:
PDF
Kopierschutz:
Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
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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.
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.
ContentsList of IllustrationsPrefaceAcknowledgmentsIntroduction A Nigger in the Woodpile: Black (In)Visibility in Film HistoryPart One: Onto the ScreenChapter 1. "To Misrepresent a Helpless Race": The Black Image ProblemChapter 2. Mixed Colors: Riddles of Blackness in Preclassical CinemaPart Two: Into the AudienceChapter 3. "Negroes Laughing at Themselves"? Black Spectatorship and the Performance of Urban ModernityChapter 4. "Some Thing to See Up Here All the Time": Moviegoing and Black Urban Leisure in ChicagoChapter 5. Along the "Stroll": Chicago’s Black Belt Movie TheatersPart Three: Behind the CameraChapter 6. Reckless Rovers versus Ambitious Negroes: Migration, Patriotism, and the Politics of Genre in Early African American FilmmakingChapter 7 "We Were Never Immigrants": Oscar Micheaux and the Reconstruction of Black American IdentityConclusionNotesBibliographyIndex

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