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Black American Cinema : AFI Film Readers - Manthia Diawara

Black American Cinema

AFI Film Readers

By: Manthia Diawara (Editor)

Paperback Published: 18th August 1993
ISBN: 9780415903974
Number Of Pages: 336
For Ages: Up to 18 years old

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This is the first major collection of criticism on Black American cinema. From the pioneering work of Oscar Micheaux and Wallace Thurman to the Hollywood success of Spike Lee, Black American filmmakers have played a remarkable role in the development of the American film, both independent and mainstream.
In this volume, the work of early Black filmmakers is given serious attention for the first time. Individual essays consider what a Black film tradition might be, the relation between Black American filmmakers and filmmakers from the diaspora, the nature of Black film aesthetics, the artist's place within the community, and the representation of a Black imaginary. "Black American Cinema" also uncovers the construction of Black sexuality on screen, the role of Black women in independent cinema, and the specific question of Black female spectatorship. A lively and provocative group of essays debate the place and significance of Spike Lee
Of crucial importance are the ways in which the essays analyze those Black directors who worked for Hollywood and whose films are simplistically dismissed as sell-outs, to the Hollywood "master narrative," as well as those "crossover" filmmakers whose achievements entail a surreptitious infiltration of the studios. "Black American Cinema" demonstrates the wealth of the Black contribution to American film and the complex course that contribution has taken.
Contributors: Houston Baker, Jr., Toni Cade Bambara, Amiri Baraka, Jacquie Bobo, Richard Dyer, Jane Gaines, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Ron Green, Ed Guerrero, bell hooks, Phyllis Klotman, Ntongele Masilela, Clyde Taylor, and Michele Wallace.

"Manthia Diawara's "Black American Cinema shows how refreshingly far away from decorous consensus the field of Black cinema study is today, in a varied and provocative montage of opinions, personal histories, position statements, and historical criticism." -"Journal of Communication, Summer 1995 ..."essays in "Black American Cinema make the book a worthy addition to the small shelf of Black cinema criticism." -"Journal of Communication, Summer 1995

Black American Cinema: The New Realismp. 3
"Twoness" in the Style of Oscar Micheauxp. 26
Fire and Desire: Race, Melodrama, and Oscar Micheauxp. 49
Oscar Micheaux: The Story Continuesp. 71
The Black Writer in Hollywood, Circa 1930: The Case of Wallace Thurmanp. 80
Is Car Wash a Black Musical?p. 93
The Los Angeles School of Black Filmmakersp. 107
Reading the Signs, Empowering the Eye: Daughters of the Dust and the Black Independent Cinema Movementp. 118
Spike Lee at the Moviesp. 145
Spike Lee and the Commerce of Culturep. 154
The Ironies of Palace-Subaltern Discoursep. 177
Looking for Modernismp. 200
Black Spectatorship: Problems of Identification and Resistancep. 211
The Harlem Theatre: Black Film Exhibition in Austin, Texas: 1920-1973p. 221
The Black Image in Protective Custody: Hollywood's Biracial Buddy Films of the Eightiesp. 237
The Construction of Black Sexuality: Towards Normalizing the Black Cinematic Experiencep. 247
Race, Gender, and Psychoanalysis in Forties Film: Lost Boundaries, Home of the Brave, and The Quiet Onep. 257
Reading Through the Text: The Black Woman as Audiencep. 272
The Oppositional Gaze: Black Female Spectatorsp. 288
Bibliographyp. 303
List of Contributorsp. 311
Indexp. 313
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780415903974
ISBN-10: 0415903971
Series: AFI Film Readers
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: Up to 18 years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 18th August 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.44  x 2.08
Weight (kg): 0.55
Edition Number: 1