The Life and Work of Oscar Micheaux: Pioneer Black Author and Filmmaker

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9780963564573: The Life and Work of Oscar Micheaux: Pioneer Black Author and Filmmaker

Over a three-decade period that began in 1919, Oscar Micheaux wrote, directed, edited, produced and distributed over forty films nationally and internationally. These films usually featured all-Black casts. They spanned a silent film period (1919-1930)and a talkie period (sound films) (1931-1948). Given such a background and the period in American history into which he was born, Micheaux's achievements were extraordinary and his legacy is a study of survival, persistence, and bold determination to develop a new era in Black films. The book features a commentary by actor/producer Ossie Davis and has review copy (on the back cover) by Dr. Maya Angelou and Dr. Henry T. Sampson. This book was edited by the late Dr. Beverly J. Robinson, who was Professor at the School of Theater, Film and Television at UCLA for nearly 25 years.

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"This study examines the life and work of Oscar Micheaux from his birth in 1884 through 1931. Its primary focus is on Micheaux’s silent filmmaking career which began with a 1919 blockbuster, "The Homesteader", and ended with the production of his first talkie, "The Exile", in 1931. Micheaux’s film career was his writing career. Indeed, it was the adaptation of his own novel, "The Homesteader" (1917), which launched his film career. Many of his subsequent films were also based on his own novels or screenplays. Some were based on the writings of others, usually Black authors. His book sales provided some of the capital for his films throughout his career."

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Movie lovers, movie makers, and even some movie critics will fall for this book.
Dr. Maya Angelou

"I very much enjoyed reading this excellent book.
Dr. Henry T. Sampson

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