Black Film Producer Oscar Micheaux Descriptive Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

Black Film Producer Oscar Micheaux
Looks at the life and works of Oscar Micheaux, the first black producer of feature-length films
# 120298 | 6,155 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2010 | US

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This paper traces the life of African-American Oscar Micheaux, born in 1884, from railway worker to novelist to director and producer of films. Between 1918 and 1951, Micheaux wrote, directed, produced and distributed over 40 features. These films, the author relates, tackled the most controversial themes, resonating with the culture and problems of black American life. The paper presents an extensive analysis of two of Micheaux' most famous films, "Within Our Gates" and "Body and Soul".

From the Paper:

"The frustrations and desires of the black community led to the development of race movies. These films, which first began in Chicago, were made by black producers, starring black actors and allowed black audiences to see themselves in a rare positive light. Initially, the films were comedic in nature, typically with a cast of vaudeville actors, and were often criticized for playing on the same stereotypes as white films. It wasn't until 1916 when the Lincoln Motion Picture Company released its first film, Realization of a Negro's Ambition, that blacks had their first dramatic race movie."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bowser, Pearl, and Louise Spence. Writing Himself into History, New Brunswick: Rutgers UP, 2000.
  • Gaines, Jane. "Fire and Desire: Race, Melodrama, and Oscar Micheaux." Black American Cinema. Ed. Manthia Diawara. New York: Routledge, 1993. 49-70.
  • Green, J. Ronald. With a Crooked Stick--The Films of Oscar Micheaux. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 2004.
  • ---. "Twoness in the Style of Oscar Micheaux." Black American Cinema. Ed. Manthia Diawara. New York: Routledge, 1993. 26-48.
  • Midnight Ramble. Host James Avery. American Experience. PBS. 1994.

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