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Black Directors in Hollywood

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ISBN-10: 0292701799

ISBN-13: 9780292701793

Edition: 2003

Authors: Melvin Donalson

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Hollywood film directors are some of the world' most powerful storytellers, shaping the fantasies and aspirations of people around the globe. Since the 1960s, African Americans have increasingly joined their ranks, bringing fresh insights to movie characterizations, plots, and themes and depicting areas of African American culture that were previously absent from mainstream films. Today, black directors are making films in all popular genres, while inventing new ones to speak directly from and to the black experience. This book offers a first comprehensive look at the work of black directors in Hollywood, from pioneers such as Gordon Parks, Melvin Van Peebles, and Ossie Davis to current…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 12/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 389
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.002

Melvin Donalson is Associate Professor of English at Pasadena City College and Adjunct Professor of English at California State University, Los Angeles. He is also a filmmaker, whose work has been shown at nine film festivals and broadcast on Showtime Network’s Black Filmmakers Showcase.

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