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Straight lick : the cinema of Oscar Micheaux
Straight Lick: The Cinema of Oscar Micheaux by J. Ronald Green, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble®
One of the most original and successful filmmakers of all time, Oscar Micheaux was born into a rural, working-class, African-American family in mid-America in , yet he created an impressive legacy in commercial cinema. Between and he wrote, directed, and distributed some forty-three feature films, more than any other black filmmaker in the world, a record of production that is likely to stand for a very long time. Micheaux's work was founded upon the concern for class mobility, or uplift, for African Americans. Uplift provided the context for Micheaux's extensive commentary on racist cinema, such as D. Uplift explains Micheaux's use of "negative images" of African Americans as well as his multi-pronged campaign against stereotype and caricature in American culture.
Straight Lick: The Cinema of Oscar Micheaux
One of the most original and successful filmmakers, Oscar Micheaux was born into a rural, working-class, African-American family in mid-America in Micheaux's work was founded upon the concern for class mobility, or uplift, for African Americans. This book is a critical assessment of Micheaux's accomplishment in the art of cinema. Read more
Harm not the stranger Within your gates, Lest you yourself be hurt. Micheaux chose the title Within Our Gates for a film he made a few months after Griffith's film and a few weeks after living through the Chicago race riots of ; by choosing this title, Micheaux was throwing Griffith's sentimentality back in his face. For Griffith to have recorded such generous sentiments toward strangers after having recommended the deportation of all African Americans in the coda of The Birth of a Nation was intolerable — so intolerable that Micheaux dared to threaten that unless the harm against African Americans ceased, white Americans themselves would "be hurt.