Making Movies Black

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

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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 more

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  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 156.2 x 234.4 x 25.7mm | 736.52g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • halftones throughout
  • 0195076699
  • 9780195076691
  • 2,006,250

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"Making Movies Black is thick description of the best kind, a multilayered cultural and intellectual history of both postwar American film and racial justice."--Journal of Communication, Summer 1995"Cripp's genius lies as much as in what he shows us about what is not seen on the screen as what is. For that reason alone, every student of twentieth-century American culture would learn much from reading this important, vital book."--American Historical Review"Packed with social perspective, Hollywood studio's production records, personal interviews and government documents, Thomas Cripps leaves no stone unturned or race related B-movie unnoticed in his excellent examination of racial politics in Hollywood....Compelling and enlightening...simply a must for any serious study of filmmaking."--Public News"In a worthy successor to his 'Slow Fade to Black', Cripps presents a very detailed history of African Americans in Hollywood from WW II through the civil rights movement of the 1950s. Impressively researched."--Choice - December 1993show more

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Revealing the social impact of the classical Hollywood film, this book is essential reading for those interested in the changing racial climate in post-World War II American more

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