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Porgy & Bess : an American voice

Author: Ruby Dee; University of Michigan.; Vanguard Films (Los Angeles, Calif.); Mojo Working Productions.; Films for the Humanities (Firm)
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1999, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   VHS video : VHS tape   Visual material : English
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"A center of controversy over its portrayal of African-Americans since its debut, Porgy and Bess has thrived amidst a changing social climate for more than 60 years. This extraordinary program, narrated by Ruby Dee, chronicles the history of George and Ira Gershwin's uniquely American folk opera, set against the backdrop of America's turbulent struggle to resolve its racial inequities. Academic experts address the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary films
Named Person: Ira Gershwin; George Gershwin; DuBose Heyward; Ira Gershwin
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Ruby Dee; University of Michigan.; Vanguard Films (Los Angeles, Calif.); Mojo Working Productions.; Films for the Humanities (Firm)
OCLC Number: 43510423
Credits: Produced by James A. Standifer ; directed by Nigel Noble ; director of photography, Dyanna Taylor ; edited by Ann Collins ; narrated by Ruby Dee ; written by Gloria Naylor, Ed Apfel.
Performer(s): Narrated by Ruby Dee.
Description: 1 videocassette (85 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 1/2 in.
Details: VHS.
Other Titles: Porgy and Bess, an American voice
Responsibility: a presentation of the University of Michigan in collaboration with Vanguard Films and Mojo Working Productions, Inc.

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"A center of controversy over its portrayal of African-Americans since its debut, Porgy and Bess has thrived amidst a changing social climate for more than 60 years. This extraordinary program, narrated by Ruby Dee, chronicles the history of George and Ira Gershwin's uniquely American folk opera, set against the backdrop of America's turbulent struggle to resolve its racial inequities. Academic experts address the still-volatile racial aspects of the work, while octogenarian Anne Brown, the original Bess, and other illustrious alumni and noted literary figures including Leontyne Price, William Warfield, Diahann Carroll, and Maya Angelou are featured in interviews and eloquent performance clips."--Container.

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Narrated by Ruby Dee, and interspersed throughout with comments by social and cultural historians, this film is a history of "the first truly American opera," <I>Porgy and Bess</I> by George Gershwin. The film begins with a dramatization of Dubois Hayward, the white Charleston native who first...
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