Redefining Black Film
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Description: Can films about black characters, produced by white filmmakers, be considered "black films"? In answering this question, Mark Reid reassesses black film history, carefully distinguishing between films controlled by blacks and films that utilize black talent, but are controlled by whites. Previous black film criticism has "buried" the true black film industry, Reid says, by concentrating on films that are about, but not by, blacks. Reid's discussion of black independent films--defined as films that focus on the black community and that are written, directed, produced, and distributed by blacks--ranges from the earliest black involvement at the turn of the century up through the civil rights movement of the Sixties and the recent resurgence of feminism in black cultural production. His critical assessment of work by some black filmmakers such as Spike Lee notes how these films avoid dramatizations of sexism, homophobia, and classism within the black community. In the area of black commercial film controlled by whites, Reid considers three genres: African-American comedy, black family film, and black action film. He points out that even when these films use black writers and directors, a black perspective rarely surfaces. Reid's innovative critical approach, which transcends the "black-image" language of earlier studies--and at the same time redefines black film--makes an important contribution to film history. Certain to attract film scholars, this work will also appeal to anyone interested in African-American and Women's Studies.
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Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 2/23/1993
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Mark A. Reid is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Florida, Gainesville. He has written extensively on black cinema.
|Early African-American Film Companies|
|Foster Photoplay Company's Black Comedies|
|Lincoln Motion Picture's Black Family Films|
|Oscar Micheaux and Black Action Films|
|The Decline of the Indies|
|African-American Comedy Film|
|Blackface Minstrelsy Processes of Production and Reception|
|Hybrid Minstrelsy and Black Employment as Comic Types|
|Hybrid Minstrel Film|
|Satiric Hybrid Minstrelsy|
|Satiric Hybrid Minstrel Film|
|Toward a Critical Theory of African-American Film|
|Family Film: Black Writers in Hollywood|
|Literary Forces Encouraging the Use of Black Writers|
|Take a Giant Step|
|Race, Sexuality, and a Black Matinee Idol|
|A Raisin in the Sun|
|Textual Dialogue in A Raisin in the Sun|
|Black Action Film|
|From Bitterness to Anger|
|Black Power and Urban Revolts|
|The Making of a Hero Called Sweetback|
|The Studio-Produced Black Action Film|
|Black Comedy on the Verge of a Genre Breakdown|
|She's Gotta Have It|
|Do the Right Thing|
|Black Feminism and the Independent Film|
|Black Womanism as a Form of Resistance|
|Reception: Resistance, Accommodation, Assimilation|
|Black Womanist Film Praxis|
|The Womanist Film and the Black Professional|
|Male-Directed New Black Independent Cinema|
|Index of Film Titles|