Racism, repression, struggle along with joy, hope, and atistic creations are all characteristics of the black cinema. This article specifies all types of films within this genre. Including, all colored westerns and musicals. Also, it gives a list of all major black films from the late 1900's to today.
Although in 2013 black films are becoming more popular and successful there is still a stereotype around them. People still get shocked that they actual do good in theaters and that African Americans still go to the movies. The reality is, African Americans like seeing and enjoy a black cast on the screen.
Tyer Perry is today's most successful and popular producer, diector, writer, and actor. He quickly is becoming one of the african american icons. His messages through his film and his life as an example to his audience has cause a great impact on black films.
The official trailer for the film, Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song. Written and directed by Melvin Van Peebles. For more information visit http://www.xenon...
Kierra Owens's insight:
This Film was the primary reason for Peeble's success. It became revolutinary for black films because he directed, produced, and wrote it on his own with minimum funds. Also, because he did things like beat up white cops in the film which gave blacks confidence even in today's time.
Lincoln Motion Picture Company, 1916-1920, was the first successful, major movie company made by black filmmakers. Noble Jhnson, which was the pres. of the company, was the creator of the company. It's first production was The Realization of a Negro's Ambition. This was the real kick off for black cinema.
For Colored Girls, is one of Tyler Perry's films. This one in particuar was based off of the book "For Colored Girls" by Ntozake Shange. It's poetic feels gave the world to see black women. Tyler Perry not only represents the African American Male culture but he made sure he touch bases and impacted the women as well.
An excerpt from Oscar Micheaux's marvelous film Within Our Gates.
Kierra Owens's insight:
I including this because Oscar Micheaux done something that was never done before, which was making a response film to The Birth of a Nation by D.W. Griffith. This film the racial issues that was going on at this time. His mission was to show what really goes on the nation.
Melvin Van Peebles is one of the most popular African American directors in history. He's know for pioneering the genre blaxsploitation. He also set examples for a lot of directors after him because of his strive and success starting from nothing. His films are known for being bold.
In early films before black cinema occured, african americans did not star in films. If you seen a black person, it was whites painted in black faces. William Foster established the first african american fim company and produced the first all black cast short films. This picture shows one of his first short films, The Pullman Porter 1910. Although his operation was a fail, it was the introduction to black cinema.
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