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Black Film Resarch Online

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Black filmmaking was considered to be born in 1913 on Chicago’s south side. When legendary writer/director Oscar Micheaux (who made around 40 “race movies” between 1918-1948) located his first film production offices in Chicago. Chicago continued to serve as the center of African American film production because of a very large number of theaters catering especially to African American audiences. These include short comedies by the Ebony Motion Picture Company in the late 1910s, Uptown Saturday Night by Sidney Poitier in 1974, and Barbershop by Tim Story in 2002.

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Black Film and Cinema! AA History Period 9

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African Americans such as Spike Lee, Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, and Samuel L. Jackson feel it’s a real honor to be black actors. They are viewed upon as some the best actors in Hollywood. Spike Lee stated that most black films earn higher revenues, yet are typically produced on lower budgets. However, black films show an experience of a sense of pride and accomplishment. 

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AFRICAN-AMERICAN CINEMA

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The African American cinema is a harsh timeline filled with repression, struggle, and racism. Blacks fought their way into the motion picture industry and laid a foundation for black theatre. The period of "Blaxploitation” in the late 1960s and 70s was a major area covered in the African-American Cinema. Films such as Shaft, Superfly, Scream and Cleopatra Jones offered lead roles to black actors, but action and grit often overshadowed character development and plotlines.

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African-Americans on Screen, 1903 to Present: TCM Film Festival Hosts a History of African Americans in Cinema | FilmSlateMagazine.com

African-Americans on Screen, 1903 to Present: TCM Film Festival Hosts a History of African Americans in Cinema | FilmSlateMagazine.com | History of African American Films | Scoop.it
Turner Classic Movies Film Festival Hosts Panel on African Americans in Cinema
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In this article it also talks about the stereotypes and fixed images of African Americans and how they were able to turn their roles around and use it to their advantages. Hollywood movies basically provided colored people with five basic classifications of an African American actor; these roles being the Tom, the coon, the mulatto, the mammy and the buck. James B Lowe who acted in the 1927 screen version of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” was portrayed as the good Negro, whose characteristics would be passive, well behaved and loyal. 


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The history of black America: Lee Daniels' The Butler and the long walk to freedom - The Independent

The history of black America: Lee Daniels' The Butler and the long walk to freedom - The Independent | History of African American Films | Scoop.it
The Independent The history of black America: Lee Daniels' The Butler and the long walk to freedom The Independent Honestly, you wait ages for an honest, hard-hitting work of art that deals with the black historical experience in America, then...
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New films are addressing the foundation of black films such as The Butler. It’s a historical fiction that is inspired by the real life of Eugene Allen. Lee Daniels plays the leading star in this movie as the African American that witness’s notable events and serves as a white house butler. This film shows the history of what it was like to be a white man’s servant. 

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Classic African American Movies about Slavery

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Movies about slavery in the United States have been made for many years. Some movies are directly about the lives of African slaves in the United States. Other
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Movies about slavery have also played a major part in the uprising of African Americans. Recently slave theme movies have become popular and the black audiences are demanding historical accuracy in filmmaking. Some movies are directly about the lives of African American slaves while others occurred during the time of slavery. 

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History of African-Americans in film

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From ‘Hearts of Dixie’ to Will Smith, black actors have come a long way in Hollywood
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In 1915 George and Noble Johnson found the first African American owned studio, The Lincoln Motion Picture Company. This company was the first to produce race movies that featured all black casts for an all-black audience. Vaudevillian Bert Williams was the first black person to produce, write, direct, and star in two biograph films. Hattie McDaniel was the first black actor to win an Academy Award. 

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From Blackface to Blaxploitation: Representations of African Americans in Film - Duke Library Exhibits

African Americans have had a long and rather complex history in the American motion picture industry. Early depictions of African American men and women were confined to demeaning stereotypical images of people of color.
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Up until the 1970's the opportunities for colored people were limited. Blacks were still thought of as being incompetent, childlike, and criminal. Even the roles that were portrayed as positive such as loyal servants, butlers, and mammies reinforced a belief that the proper social position for blacks was that of a servant. 

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Race in Early American Film

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I chose this article because it talks about the differentness of black people. It talks about how colored folks were incompetent of being film makers; and how the depression era made African Americans even more demeaning. It mainly talks about what made racial stereotype and how it became empowered.

 

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TheWrap Screening Series: 'Fruitvale' Director Ryan Coogler Says Black Films ... - TheWrap

TheWrap Screening Series: 'Fruitvale' Director Ryan Coogler Says Black Films ... - TheWrap | History of African American Films | Scoop.it
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TheWrap Screening Series: 'Fruitvale' Director Ryan Coogler Says Black Films ...
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One critic concludes how African American films have progressed in American culture. It states that technology has played a major role in the progression of black show business. Technology has opened many doors for the start of filmmaking such as being able to edit, shoot close ups, and capture many different scenes. 

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