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With a Crooked Stick—The Films of Oscar Micheaux


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<P>With a "crooked stick," filmmaker Oscar Micheaux (1884–1951) sought to hit a "straight lick" by stressing the strategic importance of class mobility, or "uplift," for African Americans. A theme in all of his more than 40 feature-length, black-produced, black-directed, black-cast, and black-audience films, uplift would allow for the better things in life: fast cars and fancy clothes, freedom of belief, financial security, and an unencumbered intellectual life. Although racism was an impediment to uplift for Micheaux and other African Americans, race as a category was of a secondary order for him in the larger game of class. In With a Crooked Stick, J. Ronald Green pursues this seeming contradiction in a detailed analysis of each of Micheaux’s 15 surviving films. He presents critical commentary on each film’s plot and action and its contribution to the overall theme of uplift. Readers will also find this an invaluable guide to the preoccupations and features of Micheaux’s remarkable career and the insight it provides into the African American experience of the 1920s and 30s.</P>
<P>Acknowledgments <BR>Introduction <BR>Chapter One: Biographical Backstory <BR>Chapter Two: Within Our Gates (1920) <BR>Chapter Three: Symbol of the Unconquered (1920) <BR>Chapter Four: Body and Soul (1925) <BR>Chapter Five: The Sound Era—Signifying with Music <BR>Chapter Six: The Exile (1931) <BR>Chapter Seven: The Darktown Revue (1931) <BR>Chapter Eight: Veiled Aristocrats (1932) <BR>Chapter Nine: Ten Minutes to Live (1932) <BR>Chapter Ten: The Girl from Chicago (1932) <BR>Chapter Eleven: Murder in Harlem (1935) <BR>Chapter Twelve: Underworld (1937) <BR>Chapter Thirteen: God's Step Children (1938) <BR>Chapter Fourteen: Birthright (1938-39) <BR>Chapter Fifteen: Swing! (1938) <BR>Chapter Sixteen: Lying Lips (1939) <BR>Chapter Seventeen: The Notorious Elinor Lee (1940) <BR>Chapter Eighteen: Conclusion <BR>Appendix One: Short Filmography <BR>Appendix Two: Jubilee—African-American Spirituals <BR>Appendix Three: Sources for Obtaining Micheaux's Films <BR>Appendix Four: Review of Selected Websites <BR>Bibliography of Citations<BR>Index</P>



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Date de parution 18 mars 2004
Nombre de lectures 9
EAN13 9780253027702
Langue English

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