Oscar Micheaux

Oscar Micheaux : The Great and Only: The Life of America's First Black Filmmaker

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Oscar Micheaux was the Jackie Robinson of film, the black D. W. Griffith--a bigger-than-life American folk hero whose important life story has been nearly forgotten today. The son of freed slaves, he roamed America as a Pullman porter before making his first mark as a homesteader in South Dakota--and going on from there to become the king of the "race cinema" industry, producing and/or directing nearly forty films during a time of Jim Crow segregation when African-American artists were not welcome in Hollywood.

In this groundbreaking new biography, award-winning film historian Patrick McGilligan offers a vivid and fascinating portrait of a true pioneer of American culture who was equal parts visionary, hustler, huckster, innovator, and raffish Barnum-like showman--and the first great African-American filmmaker.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 27.94mm | 521.63g
  • HarperPerennial
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 16-page black and white photo insert
  • 0060731400
  • 9780060731403
  • 968,943

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