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Pioneers of African-American Cinema (5 X Set)
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Pioneers of African-American Cinema (5 x Blu-ray Set)
'This very special collection illuminates one of the most fascinating and unjustly neglected corners of American movie history' Martin Scorsese
Among the most fascinating chapters in film history is that of the so-called race films which flourished between the 1920s and 1940s. Unlike the black cast films produced within Hollywood studio system, these films not only starred African Americans but were also funded, written, produced, edited, distributed, and often exhibited by people of colour. Entrepreneurial filmmakers built an industry apart from the Hollywood establishment, cultivating visual and narrative styles that were uniquely their own. Previously circulated in poor-quality 16mm print, these digitally restored presentations allow modern audiences to witness the legacies of Oscar Micheaux, Spencer Williams, Zora Neale Hurston and James and Eloyce Gist with fresh eyes. These pioneers of African-American cinema were truly innovative.
Two Knights of Vandeville (1915) Mercy, the Mummy Mumbled (1918) A Reckless Rover (1918) Within Our Gates (1920) The Symbol of the Unconquered: A Story of the Ku Klux Klan (1920) By Right of Birth (1921) Body and Soul (1925) Screen Snapshots (1920) Regeneration (1923) The Flying Ace (1926) Ten Nights in a Bar Room (1926) Reverend S.S. Jones Home Movies (1924-1928) The Scar of Shame (1929) Eleven P.M. (1928) Hell-Bound Train (1930) Verdict: Not Guilty (1933) The Darktown Revue (1931) The Exile (1931) Hot Biskits (1931) Heaven-Bound Travelers (1935) The Girl from Chicago (1932) Ten Minutes to Live (1932) Veiled Aristocrats (1932) Birthright (1938) The Bronze Buckaroo (1939) Zora Neale Hurston Fieldwork Footage (1928) Commandment Keeper Church (1940) The Blood of Jesus (1941) Dirty Gertie from Harlem, U.S.A. (1946) Moses Sisters Interview (1978)
An Introduction (8 mins) | The Films of Oscar Micheaux (9 mins) | The Colour Line (6 mins) | Ten Nights in a Bar Room: An Introduction (4 mins) | About the Restoration (8 mins) | Religion in Early African-America Cinema (7 mins) | Eleven P.M.: An Introduction (3 mins) | S.Torriano Berry discusses the works of James and Eloyce Gist (5 mins) | Veiled Aristocrats trailer (4 mins) | Brightright trailer (4 mins) | We Work Again (1937, 15 mins) | Tyler-Texas Black Film Collection (1985, 6 mins) | The Films of Zora Neale Hurston (2 mins) | The Films of Spencer Williams (7 mins) | The End of an Era (5 mins) | Fully illustrated 80-page book with essays, photographs and film credits
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Disk-by-Disk breakdown of packaged set (taken from BFI website 07/09/2016):
Disc One (Total Running Time 282 minutes):
Two Knights of Vaudeville Ebony. Film Co., 1915. 11 minutes. Music by Donald Sosin
Mercy the Mummy Mumbled (BLU-RAY ONLY). Ebony Film Co., 1918. 12 minutes. Music by the Alloy Orchestra.
A Reckless Rover. Ebony Film Co., 1918. 14 minutes. Music by Donald Sosin.
Within Our Gates Oscar Micheaux. 1920. 73 minutes. Music by Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky.
The Symbol of the Unconquered: A Story of the KKK. Oscar Micheaux, 1920. 59 minutes. Music by Max Roach.
By Right of Birth. Lincoln Motion Picture Co., 1921. 4 minutes. Music by Donald Sosin.
Body and Soul. Oscar Micheaux, 1925. 93 minutes. Music by Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky.
Screen Snapshots. (Micheaux footage, 1920, 1 minute)
Bonus: An Introduction. (7 minutes)
Bonus: The Films of Oscar Micheaux (8 minutes)
Disc Two (Total Running Time – 259 minutes):
Regeneration. Richard E. Norman, 1923. 11 minutes. Music by Donald Sosin.
The Flying Ace Richard E. Norman, 1928. 65 minutes. Music by Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra.
Ten Nights in a Bar Room. CPFC, 1926. 64 minutes. Music by Donald Sosin.
Rev. S.S. Jones Home Movies Rev. Solomon Sir Jones, 1924-1926. 16 minutes. Music by Andrew Simpson.
The Scar of Shame Frank Peregini, 1929. 86 minutes. Music by Makia Matsumura
Bonus: The Color Line (5 minutes)
Bonus: Ten Nights in a Bar Room – An Introduction (4 minutes)
Bonus: About the Restoration (8 minutes)
Disc Three (Total Running Time – 253 minutes):
Eleven P.M.Richard Maurice, 1928. 60 minutes. Music by Rob Gal.
Hell-Bound Train James and Eloyce Gist, 1930. 50 minutes. Restored by S. Torriano Berry. Music by Samuel D. Waymon.
Verdict Not Guilty James and Eloyce Gist, 1934. 8 minutes. Restored by S. Torriano Berry. Music by Samuel D. Waymon.
Heaven-Bound Travelers (BLU-RAY ONLY) James and Eloyce Gist, 1935. 15 minutes. Restored by S. Torriano Berry. Music by Samuel D. Waymon.
The Darktown Revue Oscar Micheaux, 1931. 18 minutes.
The Exile Oscar Micheaux, 1931. 78 minutes.
Hot Biskits Spencer Williams, 1931. 10 minutes.
Disc Four (Total Running Time – 272 minutes):
The Girl from Chicago Oscar Micheaux, 1932. 70 minutes.
Ten Minutes to Live Oscar Micheaux, 1932. 58 minutes.
Veiled Aristocrats Oscar Micheaux, 1932. 48 minutes.
Birthright Oscar Micheaux, 1938. 73 minutes.
Bonus: Veiled Aristocrats Trailer (4 minutes)
Bonus: Birthright Trailer (4 minutes)
Bonus: We Work Again(BLU-RAY ONLY) – WPA Documentary (1937, 15 minutes)
Disc Five (Total Running Time – 243 minutes):
The Bronze Buckaroo Richard Kahn, 1939. 58 minutes.
Zora Neale Hurston Fieldwork Footage (excerpt) Zora Neale Hurtston, 1928. 3 minutes.
Commandment Keeper Church, Beaufort South Carolina, May 1940 (excerpt) Zora Neale Hurston, 1940. 15 minutes.
The Blood of Jesus Spencer Williams, 1941. 56 minutes.
Dirty Gertie from Harlem U.S.A. Spencer Williams, 1946. 60 minutes.
Moses Sisters Interview Pearl Bowser, 1978. 32 minutes.
Bonus: Texas Tyler Promo Film with Ossie Davis (1985, 6 minutes)
Bonus: The Films of Zora Neale Hurston (2 minutes)
Bonus: The Films of Spencer Williams (7 minutes)
Bonus: The End of an Era (4 minutes)
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