BRC 350 final review notes

BRC 350 final review notes - African American Film Images...

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African American Film Images Media and stereotypes African American images o Underrepresentation o False/demeaning o Tokenism o Non-representation o Stereotypes dispelled through humor Film Images o Stereotypes o Exploitatuib Minstrel shows of Vaudeville era in the late 1890s o Black face o Portrayals as inferior Birth of a Nation o Glorified the KKK o Birth of A Race produced to counter the message Oscar Micheaux o Early underground African American film maker o wrote, produces, directed 44 film between ’19, ‘44\ Early black films Bert Williams o Highest paid black in vaudeville o Had to enter theatres through a special door Vaudeville Entertainer o Tap dancers First Film Images 1910s o Nanny Stereotypes o Nanny to raise hids in the house o Cast as a loyal, trusted, caretaker o Size is a stereotype o Quick Whit personality Mammy Stereotypes o Nanny, ads, aunt jemimah 1910’s o “tom” stereotypes o loyal subservient servant who will tell on others – like in slavery, loyalty to the master o connotation of a “traitor” 1920’s o jester 1920s o wide open comics
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o popping eyes- caricature in the films- symbolic of fear o Buck wheat Stereotype of being lazzy, shiftless, not willing ot work Stereotype of African Americans as lazy who won’t work on their own, justifying beating in slavery The Jazz Singer o First Talkie o All Johnson stars in black face 1930’s – filim images o servants o domestics 1930’s – film star o Stepping Fetchit ( Lincoln Perry) o Stereotype of lazy dumbwitted black male o Buckwheat as an adult o Dialect as humor o Lazy walk/shuffle ( slave stereotype) 1930’s o Willie Best o Clown/ do anything for a laugh o “coon” Cap o “coon”- role stereotype ( reference to raccoon) 1940’s Film Images o entertainment in Musicals o scenes from some versions distributed in southern theatres o sammy davis, jr. o Bill “Mr. Bojangles” Robinson 1940s Black Women o Ressee Smith o Billie Holiday Lady Sings the Blues o Diana Ross portrays Billie Holdiay- 1972 film o Earned her an academy award nomination, but didn’t win Crossover Appeal o Dorothy Dandridge o 1954- Carmen Jones o First Black to receive an academy award nomination for Best Actress Dorothy Dandrige o HBO Movie- Halle Berry Portrayed 1950s o Lena Home 1960’s Film Images o Militants
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o Black power films o Beginning influence of civil rights movement 1970’s Blaxploitation Films o Gordon Parks, Jr. – Director o Superfly o -Shaft Shaft o Music by issac hayes o Starring Richard Roundtress o Box Office Success w/ black and white audience 1980’s Film Images o super stars o eddie Murphy o whoopi Goldberg o Box office commanded high salaries and had crossover box office appeal Hollywood considers his films( eddie Murphy ) as mainstream films-not “black films” The Color Purple o Stephen Speilberg o 10 Academy Award Nominations o Whoopi
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This note was uploaded on 04/22/2008 for the course BRC 350 taught by Professor Pericianni during the Spring '08 term at SUNY Oswego.

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