Richard E. Norman and Race Filmmaking

Richard E. Norman and Race Filmmaking

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In the early 1900s, so-called race filmmakers set out to produce black-oriented pictures to counteract the racist caricatures that had dominated cinema from its inception. Richard E. Norman, a southern-born white filmmaker, was one such pioneer. From humble beginnings as a roving "home talent" filmmaker, recreating photoplays that starred local citizens, Norman would go on to produce high-quality feature-length race pictures. Together with his better-known contemporaries Oscar Micheaux and Noble and George Johnson, Richard E. Norman helped to define early race filmmaking. Making use of unique archival resources, including Norman's personal and professional correspondence, detailed distribution records, and newly discovered original shooting scripts, this book offers a vibrant portrait of race in early more

Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 142.24 x 228.6 x 27.94mm | 476.27g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 40 b&w illus.
  • 0253010640
  • 9780253010643

Review quote

Lupack's book provides a wealth of archival information about this vibrant moment in film history . . . . [This] is a solid contribution to regional film studies and race film business practice, and will appeal to scholars, students, and film-buffs alike. * Black Camera * Thoroughly researched and crisply written. . . The first book-length work on Norman, Lupack's monograph clearly delineates the Norman Company's importance . . . [Richard E. Norman and Race Filmmaking's] most profound contribution lies, perhaps, in how it illuminates the fraught economics of race filmmaking . . . . * Journal of American History *show more

About Barbara Tepa Lupack

Barbara Tepa Lupack has written extensively on American literature, film, and culture. She has authored or edited more than 20 books and taught at universities within the United States and more

Table of contents

Foreword by Michael MartinAcknowledgementsList of AbbreviationsIntroduction: A New Vision of Opportunity1. Race Matters: The Evolution of Race Filmmaking2. "Have You Talent?": Norman's Early Career3. "Not a White Man in the Cast": Norman's Early Race Films4. "Taking Two Hides From the Ox": The Bull-Dogger and The Crimson Skull5. "A Risky Experiment": Zircon and Regeneration6. "You Know We Have the Goods": The Flying Ace and Black Gold7. "It Takes a Darn Good One to Stick": Norman's Later Career AfterwordAppendix 1: Shooting Script: The Green Eyed MonsterAppendix 2: Shooting Script (Fragment) and Scenario: The Bull-DoggerAppendix 3: Shooting Script: The Crimson SkullNotesIndexshow more