Hollywood black : the stars, the films, the filmmakers / Donald Bogle.
Publication year: 2019
Publisher: Philadelphia : Running Press, 2019.
This story opens in the silent film era, when white actors in blackface played black characters and D.W. Griffith premiered his shocking, controversial 'The Birth of a Nation'. Sound motion pictures were ushered in by Al Jolson in blackface in 'The Jazz Singer', but in this new era of filmmaking, black performers such as Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson and Paul Robeson began finding a place in Hollywood. More often than not, they were saddled with rigidly stereotyped roles, but some gifted performers were able to turn in significant performances. In the coming decades, more black talents would light up the screen. This book reveals the changes in images that came about with the evolving social and political atmosphere of the country, from the Civil Rights era to the Black Power movement.
264 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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