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Black cinema : silence to sound, 1903-1950

Author: Thomas CrippsSharon ReinckensChris CapilongoBill GrimmettEthel WatersAll authors
Publisher: Sherman Oaks, CA : OnDeck Home Entertainment, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : English
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Discover the first black filmmakers in this historic film short focusing on the movies that were made and the production companies that produced them. Includes three film shorts and 6 "soundies" from the 1940's featuring African American musicians.
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Genre/Form: History
Musical films
Short films
Feature films
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Cripps; Sharon Reinckens; Chris Capilongo; Bill Grimmett; Ethel Waters; Hans Burger; Mark Marvin; Lena Horne; E M Glucksman; Ida James; William Forest Crouch; Maurice Rocci; King Cole Trio.; Count Basie Orchestra.; Four Ginger Snaps (Musical group); Chanticleers (Musical group); Official Films (Firm); Soundies Distributing Corporation of America.; OnDeck Home Entertainment (Firm)
OCLC Number: 174146902
Notes: Extra features: "Jubilee: strictly G.I.," an all-black WWII radio broadcast; "Pick a bale o' cotton," sung by blues legend Leadbelly; "Spying the spy," (1918 silent), one of the earliest black films made in Hollywood; "Little black Sambo" (1935 silent, edited version), a once banned black cartoon.
Description: 1 videodisc (102 min.) : sound, black and white and color ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD, all regions, full screen (4:3) presentation; NTSC, single layer.
Contents: Race movies : the popular art of the Black Renaissance / written by Thomas Cripps ; producers, Sharon Reinckens, Chris Capilongo ; narration, Bill Grimmett (1985) --
Shorts. Bubbling over / an Official Film ; starring Ethel Waters (1934) --
Boogie-woogie dream / an Official Film musical ; directed by Hans Burger ; produced by Mark Marvin ; starring Lena Horne, with Albert Ammons, Pete Johnson, Teddy Wilson and his Band (1944) --
The Negro in entertainment / produced by E.M. Glucksman (1950) --
Swingin' Soundies. King Cole Trio and Ida James in Is you is, or is you ain't my baby / Official Films --
Count Basie Orchestra in Take me back, baby / Official Films --
The Four Ginger Snaps in Keep smiling / [presented by] Soundies ; produced and directed by William Forest Crouch --
The Chanticleers in Babbling Bess / [presented by] Soundies ; produced and directed by William Forest Crouch --
Billy and Ann Lynn Albritton, The Six Knobs, The Harlem Cuties in Block party revels / [presented by] Soundies ; produced and directed by William Forest Crouch --
Maurice Rocci in Beat me, daddy / Official Films.
Other Titles: Silence to sound, 1903-1950
Responsibility: OnDeck Home Entertainment.

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Discover the first black filmmakers in this historic film short focusing on the movies that were made and the production companies that produced them. Includes three film shorts and 6 "soundies" from the 1940's featuring African American musicians.

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