Making Movies Black: Hollywood Message Movie from World War II to the Civil Rights Era

Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Pub Date: 01/05/1993
ISBN: 9780195076691
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Quick overview Surveys the involvement of Blacks in the American cinema from World War II to the 1950s, discussing the attention to black life in films such as "Cabin in the Sky", "Pinky" and "Intruder in the Dust". It also depicts the rise of black film stars such as Sidney Poitier.
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Cripps's Slow to Fade To Black: The Negro In American Film, 1900-1942, is considered the basic work on blacks' involvement in film, both in Hollywood and outside it. Making Movies Black continues the story up into the 1950s. It discusses the greater attention to black life in films of the early war years, including the all-black Cabin in The Sky, indicates the difficult time black leaders had with Hollywood studios in bringing pressure for better depictions of blacks on screen, describes the discovery of race-related subjects in such postwar films as Pinky and Intruder in the Dust, and depicts the rise of black stars like Sidney Poitier in Hollywood. As in Slow Fade to Black, these events are put into a broader social context.

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