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Black films collection, 1939-1984

Author: Warner Bros.Avco Embassy Pictures Corp.United Artists.American International Pictures (Firm)Columbia Pictures Industries.All authors
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
Database:WorldCat
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The Black Films Collection primarily documents the marketing of African Americans in American motion pictures and consists of scripts, press sheets, press kits, movie stills and posters.
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Named Person: Harry Belafonte; Sidney Poitier; Brock Peters; Dorothy Dandridge; Jim Brown; Pam Grier
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Warner Bros.; Avco Embassy Pictures Corp.; United Artists.; American International Pictures (Firm); Columbia Pictures Industries.; Paramount Pictures Corporation.; New World Pictures (Firm); New Line Cinema Corporation.; Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation.; National General Pictures.; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
OCLC Number: 86164235
Notes: Photographs transferred to Photographs and Prints Division.
Lobby cards and posters transferred to Art and Artifacts Division and are described separately.
Description: 3.2 lin. ft.

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The Black Films Collection primarily documents the marketing of African Americans in American motion pictures and consists of scripts, press sheets, press kits, movie stills and posters.

Much of the collection consists of press sheets, press books and press kits - material generated by film studios and distributors to market movies to theaters. The kits usually include: a synopsis of the film (not for publication), articles and ads for local newspapers, biographies of the performers, photographic stills for display, lobby cards and promotional materials. The film careers of Sidney Poitier, Dorothy Dandridge, Harry Belafonte, Pam Grier, Brock Peters and Jim Brown are well portrayed. Production companies represented in the Black Films Collection include: Warner Bros., Avco Embassy Pictures Corp., United Artists, American International Pictures, Columbia Pictures, Paramount, New World Pictures, National General, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, New Line Cinema and Twentieth Century-Fox. The scope of the collection extends from the first African American talkie "Hallelujah" to stills from movies of the early 1980's. A few of the many films for which there is information include "Birth of a Nation," "Coffy," "Cotton Comes to Harlem," "The Great White Hope," "Superfly," and "To Kill a Mockingbird." There are twenty-eight scripts whose titles include: "Black Samson," "I Passed for White," "The Jesse Owens Story," "The Klansman," and "Roots."

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