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

Oscar Micheaux

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

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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.

"That rarity of rarities among Hollywood biographies: a full-bodied study of a man and his metier, equally insightful about the life and the art." Praise for Alfred Hitchcock:"Staggering. illuminating. The Master of Suspense finally gets and authoritative life." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred) Praise for Alfred Hitchcock:"Magnificently exhaustive, absolutely definitive, marvelously magesterial." -- Los Angeles Times Book Review Praise for Alfred Hitchcock:"Enthralling, scholarly, and candid." -- Publishers Weekly "a lively, readable tale" -- New York Times Book Review Praise for Alfred Hitchcock:"A hugely satisfying portrait of the artist." -- Entertainment Weekly Praise for Alfred Hitchcock: "Magnificently exhaustive, absolutely definitive, marvelously magesterial..."--Los Angeles Times Book Review "In the skilled hands of Patrick McGilligan, Oscar Micheaux's life story bristles and takes flight."--Pearl Bowser, author of Writing Himself into History: Oscar Micheaux, His Silent Films and His Audiences Praise for Alfred Hitchcock: "A hugely satisfying portrait of the artist."--Entertainment Weekly Praise for Alfred Hitchcock: "Staggering... illuminating... The Master of Suspense finally gets and authoritative life."--Kirkus Reviews (starred) "An enormously moving and compelling account of a quixotic life defined by arduous toil and perpetual optimism."--Directors Guild Association Quarterly "McGilligan has made this incredible, half-forgotten life newly available to us all."--The Guardian Praise for Alfred Hitchcock: "Enthralling, scholarly, and candid."--Publishers Weekly "a lively, readable tale"--New York Times Book Review "a well researched, passionately felt and endlessly fascinating look at a singular American life."--Kirkus Reviews "McGilligan deftly assembles the sterling research of scholars of early black filmmaking into an enormously moving and compelling account of a quixotic life defined by arduous toil and perpetual optimism."--DGA Quarterly McGilligan deftly assembles the sterling research of scholars of early black filmmaking into an enormously moving and compelling account of a quixotic life defined by arduous toil and perpetual optimism. --DGA Quarterly" a well researched, passionately felt and endlessly fascinating look at a singular American life. --Kirkus Reviews" McGilligan has made this incredible, half-forgotten life newly available to us all. --The Guardian" An enormously moving and compelling account of a quixotic life defined by arduous toil and perpetual optimism. --Directors Guild Association Quarterly" In the skilled hands of Patrick McGilligan, Oscar Micheaux s life story bristles and takes flight. --Pearl Bowser, author of Writing Himself into History: Oscar Micheaux, His Silent Films and His Audiences" a lively, readable tale --New York Times Book Review" Praise for Alfred Hitchcock: Staggering illuminating The Master of Suspense finally gets and authoritative life. --Kirkus Reviews (starred)" Praise for Alfred Hitchcock: Enthralling, scholarly, and candid. --Publishers Weekly" Praise for Alfred Hitchcock: Magnificently exhaustive, absolutely definitive, marvelously magesterial --Los Angeles Times Book Review" Praise for Alfred Hitchcock: A hugely satisfying portrait of the artist. --Entertainment Weekly" McGilligan does a fine job of reaffirming Micheaux's significance beyond the appreciation of cineastes.--Publishers Weekly

ISBN: 9780060731403
ISBN-10: 0060731400
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 28th March 2016
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.3  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.54