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Pioneers of African-American Cinema (5 X Set)

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  • Actors: Paul Robeson, Ethel Moses, Spencer Williams
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Nov. 2016
  • Run Time: 1241 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B01J5U9JRK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,933 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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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.

The Films
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)

Special features
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

(p) USA | 1915 -1946 | black and white, some tinted | English language | 1241 minutes (+ extras) | various aspect ratios | 5 x BD50 | 1080p | 24fps | 2.0 PCM mono audio (48kHz/16-bit) | Region B | Cert 12



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