After a biblical and historical prologue detailing the evolution of the idea of democracy through the creation, flood, the crucifixion of Christ, the discovery of America, the signing of the Declaration of Independenc and the Civil War, the present-day threat to this idea by autocratic powers is dramatized. Helene Hallier, an ambitious by innocent would-be young chorine, trumps a music hall publicity stunt to become the new Parisian nightclub sensation. Harriet Beecher Stowe's influential 19th century story of the pre-Civil war South. An all-Black cast film which depicts the life of a rural southern Black family written according to racist stereotypes prevalent in 1929. Cast: Claudette Colbert (Beatrice "Bea" Pullman), Warren William (Stephen Archer), Ned Sparks (Elmer Smith, Louise Beavers (Aunt Delilah). Written variously by Bob Ross, Dave Schwartz, Joe Connelly, Bob Mosher, Paul West, and Jay Sommers. (Andy) ; Tim Moore (Kingfish) ; Ernestine Wade (Sapphire) ; Amanda Randolph (Mama) ; Johnny Lee (Calhoun). The idea of a "white dog" is dehumanizing, but accusations of racism toward Fuller were perhaps derived from a misunderstanding of the film's content, as well as intent. Cast: Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, Dan Aykroyd, Patti Lupone, Esther Rolle. Son, Walter Lee wants to start his own business while his mom wishes to spend her days in a little house of her own. Cast: Elena Shevchenko, Gilbert Giles, Patrick Godfrey, Gina Delio, Hayward Boling, Debra Jo Jackson, Stephen Parris. C." Carson, Lisa Arrindell, Blanche Baker, Nathaniel "Afrika" Hall, Julia Campbell. Stesha eventually leads them to Cryptz, a strip club where not everything is as it seems. Cast: Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid, Dennis Haysbert, Patricia Clarkson, Viola Davis, James Rebhorn.
Harkness, Doris Doscher, Charles Graham, Ben Hendricks, Alice Gale, John Reinhardt, Gertrude Braun. "The Making of Birth of a Race: The Emerging Politics of Identity in Silent Film." In: The birth of whiteness : race and the emergence of U. Porter (1903, 17 min.); and Uncle Tom's Cabin, Minot Films Release, Inc., directed by Irwing Cummings (1914; 42 min.). Cast: Josephine Baker, Helene Hallier, Andre Luguet, Pepa Bonafe, Gretchikine, Madame Komakova, Ludovic, Lila Nikolska, Skibinne, Tiller's Follies Girls, Ruth Zackey and the Hoffmann Girls. Haynes, Nina Mae Mc Kinney, William Fountaine, Harry Gray, Fanny Belle De Knight, Everett Mc Garrity, Victoria Spivey, Dixie Jubilee Singers. Subject of a landmark Supreme Court case in film censorship, this moving story became itself a battle for human rights. Based on the novel 'Quality' by Cid Ricketts Sumner. New York: Free Press; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada; New York: Maxwell Macmillan International, c1991. Brown (Amos n' Andy), two black men trying to make it in Harlem whose lives are complicated by the schemes of the Kingfish. "The Black Image in Protective Custody: Hollywood's Biracial Buddy Films of the Eighties." In: Black American cinema / edited by Manthia Diawara. With frequent point-of-view shots from the dog's perspective, Fuller makes a case for his thesis, which is that racism is "a disease created by man" and that infecting the animal is itself a form of violence. A $10,000 insurance benefit creates conflicting dreams within a Chicago ghetto family. Set in nineteenth-century New Orleans, this television mini-series depicts the gens de couleur libre, or the Free People of Colour, a dazzling yet damned class caught between the world of white privilege and black oppression. Special features: Commentary with director Billy Wirth, writer Tyrone Atkins and actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd, the making of Mac Arthur Park, U. After meeting Stesha, though, their hopes and dreams suddenly seem a little closer to reality -- if only they can convince her to pair up with them.
Boldly blending Eisensteinian montage and domestic melodrama, the film features Robeson and his wife, Eslanda, as lovers caught up in a tangled web of interracial affairs. African Dodgers were so commonplace that some sadistic people would bring a hard (wooden or iron) ball into any carnival that came to town, knowing they'd have a chance to throw it at a black man's head and cause him serious injury." In this film comedian Tom Howard plays a man on a carnival midway who gets suckered into substituting for the African Dodger. DVD X2036; vhs 937Directed by Dudley Murphy, with screenplay adapted by Du Bose Heyward from the drama by Eugene O'Neill. Cast: Mae West, Cary Grant, Owen Moore, Noah Beery, Gilbert Roland, Louise Beavers. (Full text available online (UCB users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5. "Mae West's Maids: Race, 'Authenticity,' and the Discourse of Camp." In: Hop on pop : the politics and pleasures of popular culture / edited by Henry Jenkins, Tara Mc Pherson & Jane Shattuc. Threats surrounded the making of the movie, but the studio persisted, creating a bold, torn-from-the-headlines expose of the organization fueled by fear, ignorance and hate -- a nation of "free, white, 100% Americans." 83 min. "Black Legion." In: Celluloid soldiers : the Warner Bros. Presents timeless songs and an equally timeless outcry against racial bigotry. Joe, a dockworker in Marseilles, finds a missing boy and takes him to stay with a local cafe singer, Miranda where they both become surrogate parents to the child. Features an astonishing sequence in which Shirley dons blackface to escape from Union soldiers. "Movies and the Resistance to Tyranny." In: American cinema of the 1930s : themes and variations / edited by Ina Rae Hark. Toms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mammies, and Bucks: An Interpretive History of Blacks in American Films / Donald Bogle. Cast: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland, Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O'Neill, Evelyn Keyes, Ann Rutherford, Hattie Mc Daniel, Butterfly Mc Queen, Carroll Nye, Laura Hope Crews, Ona Munson. " patriotic short; "Spanish fiests" musical short; "Who's who in the zoo" classic cartoon; trailers. This film is considered one of the most outstanding films about racial tension. Based on true events surrounding a light-skinned black family who pass for white in a New Hampshire town. Scott Carter is unable to secure a job as a physician because of his race so he decides "For one year of his life" to pass as a white man, but the one year becomes twenty. Contents: Disc 3: Birthday card -- Relatives -- Kingfish's last friend-- Quo vadis -- Andy falls in love with an actress -- Disc 4. Masculinity in the interracial buddy film Jefferson, N. While there she turns the convent choir into a "soulful chorus of swingin' sisters" complete with a Motown repertoire. But now he has won his freedom and faces a new urgency: reclaiming his 10-year old son from the mean streets' cycle of hate and death. Originally broacast as a segment of the television program: American Experience on January 18, 1993. Whoopi Goldberg returns as the lounge singer who goes undercover as a nun to help an ailing inner-city school. When Manhattan art dealers take a smooth talking young man into their home believing him to be a friend of their children and Sidney Poitier's son, they awake the next morning to find him in bed with a male friend whom he had invited in for the night. Roemello Skuggs and his older brother Raynathan grew up in Harlem with junkies for a mother and father. Kamalipour, Theresa Carilli ; foreword by George Gerbner. He is forced to come to terms with his past, facing his father's possible involvement with the KKK, and his part in the crime. Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Nicole Kidman, Ed Harris, Gary Sinise, Wentworth Miller, Jacinda Barrett, Harry Lennix, Clark Gregg.
Videodisc release of eight episodes of the Our Gang comedies, originally produced between 19, and shown on television as the Little Rascals. This experimental silent film, made in Switzerland by an independent British film company, is chiefly remembered as Paul Robeson's first film. Notable as the only motion picture produced staring the radio comedy team, Amos n' Andy. The dodger would (usually) pull his head out of the hole in time to avoid getting hit, but sometimes he wasn't fast enough. Includes the famous "stairs" dance by Temple and "Bojangles" Robinson. In this first leading role in a major movie for Humphrey Bogart, he plays a factory worker, disappointed at not being promoted, who joins a Ku Klux Klan-like group. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1995.9. "'De Lawd' a Natchel Man": The Green Pastures in the American Cultural Imagination." In: Hollywood be thy name : African American religion in American film, 1929-1949 Berkeley : University of California Press, c2007. A musical which celebrates the loves and heartbreaks of a Mississippi riverboat troupe, starting with a young girl whose heart is stolen by a dashing gambler. (Full text available online (UCB users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5. (Full text available online (UC Berkeley users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PS3511. A classic musical celebrating the legendary actor, singer and activist Paul Robeson. Cast: Shirley Temple, John Boles, Bill Robinson, Steppin Fetchit. A case study in 30's and 40's Hollywoods fondness for mammies, Toms, and happy, childlike colored folk. Clarence Muse plays Jim" as what Donald Bogel has characterized as the "archtypical tom." (Bogle, Donald. DVD X1794; vhs 9 Directed by Victor Fleming, et al. The jealous and selfish Stanley attempts to win back Craig's affections, but her true character is revealed when, rather than take the rap herself, she attempts to pin a hit and run accident on a young black clerk who works in Craig's law office. Special features: Commentary by film historian Jeanine Basinger; "Warner night at the movies 1942" short subjects gallery; vintage newsreel; "March on, America! Cast: David Brian, Claude Jarman, Jr., Juano Hernandez, Porter Hall, Elizabeth Patterson, Charles Kemper, Will Geer. Cast: Beatrice Pearson, Mel Ferrer, Susan Douglas, Canada Lee, Richard Hylton. "Lost Boundaries: Racial Indeterminacy as Whiteness." In: Visions of belonging : New England art and the making of American identity / Julia B. Written variously by Bob Ross, Dave Schwartz, Joe Connelly, Bob Mosher, Paul West, and Jay Sommers. (Andy) ; Tim Moore (Kingfish) ; Ernestine Wade (Sapphire) ; Amanda Randolph (Mama) ; Johnny Lee (Calhoun). Together, in a difficult world of black versus white, they manage to discover a common ground. As their love grows they must deal with shock and outrage from both families. This film depicts a small town in South Carolina in the year 1950 as the issue of segregation between blacks and whites comes to a bitter, violent and courageous battle. Her dreams are put on hold when she becomes pregnant by her boyfriend. In this comedy a sassy, low-rent lounge singer is forced to hide out from the mob in the last place on earth anyone would look for her -- in a convent. Cast: Whoopi Goldberg, Kathy Najimy, James Coburn, Maggie Smith. Cast: Stockard Channing, Will Smith, Donald Sutherland, Flan Kittredge, Ian Mc Kellen. Cast: Wesley Snipes, Michael Wright, Theresa Randle, Leslie Uggams, Abe Vigoda. Now, in 1998, the FBI has reopened the case, and Tom Cherry's memories are recalled about the turbulent years of his childhood.
An independently produced horror film featuring an all-black cast. DVD X787; also DVD X1639 Directed by Directed by Tay Garnett. Cast: Lena Horne, Bill Robinson, Cab Calloway and his band, Katherine Dunham and her troupe, Fats Waller, Nicholas Brothers. "Performing 'Stormy Weather': Ethel Waters, Lena Horne, and Katherine Dunham." South Central Review: The Journal of the South Central Modern Language Association, vol. Based on Tales of Uncle Remus by Joe Chandler Harris. Nick, the proprietor of a Bourbon Street gambling joint, an artistic haven for African-American musicans who gather and jam from dusk til dawn, falls in love with an opera-singing socialite. Cast: Lloyd Bridges, James Edwards, Frank Lovejoy, Douglas Dick, Steve Brodie, Jeff Corey. Written variously by Bob Ross, Dave Schwartz, Joe Connelly, Bob Mosher, Paul West, and Jay Sommers. (Andy) ; Tim Moore (Kingfish) ; Ernestine Wade (Sapphire) ; Amanda Randolph (Mama) ; Johnny Lee (Calhoun). In 1928 New York, spirits are high and jazz, dancing and gangsters rule supreme. A race relations drama about a military murder at a black army base near the end of World War II, and the subsequent investigation of the murder. Special features: Production notes, March to freedom documentary narrated by Paul Winfield, director Norman Jewison's commentary, original theatrical trailer, bonus theatrical trailer. While struggling to support herself and her six children in Harlem by working as a maid for a wealthy family, Claudine meets a charming garbage man, Roop. "From Blaxploitation to African American Film." In: The films of the seventies : a social history / by William J. With the LAPD and the FBI after them, they each become dependent on the other to survive. A car accident brings together a group of strangers in Los Angeles in this provocative, unflinching look at the complexities of racial tolerance in contemporary America. In August of 1991, an African American boy (Gavin Cato) was accidentally killed by a car driven by a Hasidic Jewish man in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn.