Black Cinema: Silence to Sound 1903-1950 DVD
Beginning in 1910 and continuing through World War II, a little known independent film industry flourished in this country producing more than 500 movies. These films, many of which were produced by African Americans for black audiences were known as "Race Movies".
Discover the first black filmmakers from their earliest through the twenties. This historic film short, focuses on the movies that were made and the production companies that produced them. We'll see the early struggles and eventual contributions that would open the door for all future film and television stars. Pioneers featured in this film are producers James Weldon Johnson, Richard D. Maurice & the legendary Oscar Micheaux whose films, like his colleagues, offered a positive image and an alternative for African American filmgoers.
Original Film Shorts:
· "Bubbling Over" (1934) starring Ethel Waters
· "Boogie Woogie Dream" (1944) with Lena Horne
· "The Negro In Entertainment" (1950)
Hear and see 6 original soundies from the 1940's. These unique "3-minute movies" were originally screened on a visual jukebox during WWII. Includes The King Cole Trio, Ida James, Count Basie & more!
· "Jubilee: Strictly G.l."- hippest all-black WWII radio broadcast
· "Pick a Bale O' Cotton" (rare) - sung by blues legend, "Leadbelly"
· "Spying The Spy" (1918 silent) - one of the earliest black films made in Hollywood "Little Black Sambo" (1935 silent, edited version) - once banned black cartoon
USA, 2007, B&W/Color, 102 minutes.
NTSC Region 0 encoding (Entire World)