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Notes 09-09 - AFRICAN AMERICANS IN CINEMA IN THE 1920s...

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09/09/08 AFRICAN AMERICANS IN CINEMA IN THE 1920’s Intersection of Art, Race, and Politics great actors and actresses wanted to recognized on the basis of her acting and not on the color of her skin Josephine Baker o St. Louis native o drawn to theatre at early age o perfected her dancing on stage in Philadelphia went to NYC o Early Work: “Shuffle Along”, “Plantation Review”, “Chocolate….” o traveled throughout Europe and was immensely popular, many of her works were done in the nude this was allowed in Europe but would have never been allowed in US o “Siren of the Tropics”(1929) and “ZouZou” (1939) in both these movies she is seen pursuing white men but it never works out very provocative and sexualized o “Princess o “French Way” (1940) Baker’s Politics o refused to perform in Miami because she found out that they wouldn’t serve blacks; turned down $10,000/wk o wrote the NAACP when she felt that she wasn’t being served properly o investigated by the FBI —as threat to democracy o According to Regester: she was “sexualized, racialized and politicized” sexualized: most reviews and critics concentrated heavily on her body racialized: many people simplified her to black status politicized:
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