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Bowser, Pearl 1931-

Overview
Works: 24 works in 70 publications in 2 languages and 2,908 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Conference papers and proceedings  Drama  Silent films  Short films  Comedy films  Race films  Documentary television programs  Slapstick comedy films  Independent films 
Roles: Author, Editor, Interviewee
Classifications: PN1998.3.M494, 791.430233092
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Publications about Pearl Bowser
Publications by Pearl Bowser
Most widely held works about Pearl Bowser
 
Most widely held works by Pearl Bowser
Writing himself into history : Oscar Micheaux, his silent films, and his audiences by Pearl Bowser( Book )
10 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 638 libraries worldwide
Oscar Micheaux and his circle : African-American filmmaking and race cinema of the silent era by Giornate del cinema muto di Pordenone( Book )
14 editions published between 2001 and 2016 in English and held by 543 libraries worldwide
Oscar Micheaux-the most prolific African-American filmmaker to date and a filmmakinggiant of the silent period-has finally found his rightful place in film history. Both artist and showman, Micheaux stirred controversy in his time as he confronted issues such as lynching, miscegenation, peonage and white supremacy, passing, and corruption among black clergymen. He emphasized the importance of education and the rights of citizenship (the vote, equal protection under the law) for racial uplift, to advance race progress, to awaken black consciousness, and to correct negative behavior within black communities. These films spoke to black moviegoers in ways that were completely different from Hollywood pictures. In this important new collection, prominent scholars examine Micheaux's surviving silent films, his fellow producers of race films who alternately challenged or emulated his methods, and the cultural activities that surrounded and sustained these achievements. The essays shed new light on the feature filmmaking of Richard Maurice (Detroit), David Starkman and the Colored Players Film Corporation (Philadelphia), and Richard Norman (Florida), as well as the stardom of Evelyn Preer, Lucia Lynn Moses, Paul Robeson, Charles Gilpin, and Lawrence Chenault. Studies of the shorter films shot in 16mm by ethnographer Zora Neale Hurston and religious reformers James and Eloyce Gist (Washington, D.C.) fill out the complex picture of an era. Authors examine Micheaux's films (and novels) from a range of perspectives, including his radical aesthetic strategies, his uses of stereotypes, his powerful critiques of D. W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation and Eugene O'Neill's race plays, his radical uses of other texts (notably the novels of Charles Chesnutt), and his work with such genres as the Western. The relationship between black film and both the stage (particularly the Lafayette Players) and the black press, issues of underdevelopment, and a genealogy of Micheaux scholarship, as well as extensive and more accurate filmographies, give a richly textured portrait of this era. The essays will fascinate the general public as well as scholars in the fields of film studies, cultural studies, and African American history. This thoroughly readable collection is a superb reference work lavishly illustrated with rare photographs
Midnight ramble : Oscar Micheaux and the story of race movies ( visu )
11 editions published between 1994 and 2013 in English and held by 369 libraries worldwide
Recounts the story of race movies produced for Afro-Americans from the 1920s through 1950 and the role played by Oscar Micheaux, the leading Afro-American producer and director. These movies were designed for Afro-Americans, were frequently shown at midnight, and presented Afro-Americans in a positive light. Features interviews with Afro-American actors, actresses, and historians
Pioneers of African-American cinema ( visu )
1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 282 libraries worldwide
Among the most fascinating chapters of film history is that of the so-called "race films" that flourished in the 1920s -'40s. Unlike the "black cast" films produced within the Hollywood studio system, these films not only starred African Americans but were funded, written, produced, edited, distributed, and often exhibited by people of color. Entrepreneurial filmmakers built an industry apart from the Hollywood establishment, cultivating visual and narrative styles that were uniquely their own
That's Black entertainment ( visu )
3 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 134 libraries worldwide
That's Black entertainment is a fascinating three-part series that showcases the groundbreaking work of African American talent during the early years of Black cinema
Women of vision : 18 histories in feminist film and video ( visu )
6 editions published between 1998 and 2005 in English and held by 51 libraries worldwide
Profiles a variety of women active in independent-feminist film and video, including production, distribution and education, whose work expresses a variety of political and esthetic viewpoints. The three part video begins by profiling 6 women whose careers began in the Fifties and Sixties, then six women whose work coincided with the emergence of the women's movement in the Seventies; and six women whose careers began in the Eighties and Nineties
A pinch of soul by Pearl Bowser( Book )
2 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 28 libraries worldwide
In color : 60 years of images of minority women in film ... 1921-1981 ( Book )
1 edition published in 1984 in English and held by 14 libraries worldwide
Pearl Bowser in Artist and influence 6:1-70 (1988) by Pearl Bowser( file )
in English and held by 11 libraries worldwide
Namibia : independence now! by Pearl Bowser( visu )
4 editions published between 1985 and 1986 in English and held by 9 libraries worldwide
"This moving film was shot inside refugee settlements in Zambia and Angola. It examines how exiled Namibians worked to free their country from illegal South African exploitation and prepare for their country's independence. It shows many aspects of their daily life in exile, especially the women, who were at the forefront of the independence struggle. It focuses on the activities of exiled Namibian independence leader General Toivo ya Toivo, filmed just weeks after his negotiated release from a South African prison"--Http://www.twn.org/catalog
Journey across three continents : film & lecture series by Newsreel (Firm)( Book )
1 edition published in 1985 in English and held by 4 libraries worldwide
Independent Black American cinema 1920-1980 by Pearl Bowser( Book )
1 edition published in 1981 in English and held by 4 libraries worldwide
Pearl Bowser looks at early black cinema ( visu )
in English and held by 3 libraries worldwide
Bowser discusses the black producer, Oscar Micheaux
Sidney Poitier - un outsider à Hollywood Sidney Poitier - ein Outsider in Hollywood ( visu )
2 editions published between 2008 and 2015 in French and held by 2 libraries worldwide
Pioneers of African-American cinema ( visu )
1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
"Early African-American filmmakers created these films outside the Hollywood system, an expression of a then-powerful niche market that was sometimes regionally distributed, sometimes driven by celebrity, and always reflective of an African-American point of view. Early African-American cinema reveals sophisticated and nuanced treatment of important social issues largely ignored by mainstream movies. The restoration of these films comes at a time when they're deeply relevant to an informed discussion of race in America. The humor, passion and craft exhibited in these works speak volumes about the dedication of cinematic pioneers to their intended audiences as well as their influence on mainstream culture."--Publisher's website
Pioneers of African-American cinema ( visu )
1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Among the most fascinating chapters of film history is that of the so-called "race films" that flourished in the 1920s -'40s. Unlike the "black cast" films produced within the Hollywood studio system, these films not only starred African Americans but were funded, written, produced, edited, distributed, and often exhibited by people of color. Entrepreneurial filmmakers built an industry apart from the Hollywood establishment, cultivating visual and narrative styles that were uniquely their own
Brought to light, black cinema, 1921-1959, selections from the James E. Wheeler Collection and within our gates, American race films, 1918-1949 ( Sound Recording )
1 edition published in 1997 in No Linguistic Content and held by 1 library worldwide
A discussion of black cinema in the first half of the twentieth-century
Namibia - independence now! ( Book )
1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Pearl Bowser in artist and influence 6:1-70 (1988) by Pearl Bowser( file )
1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 0 libraries worldwide
African-American filmmaking and race cinema of the silent era : Oscar Micheaux & his circle ( file )
2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 0 libraries worldwide
Oscar Micheaux-the most prolific African American filmmaker to date and a filmmaking giant of the silent period-has finally found his rightful place in film history. Both artist and showman, Micheaux stirred controversy in his time as he confronted issues such as lynching, miscegenation, peonage and white supremacy, passing, and corruption among black clergymen. In this important collection, prominent scholars examine Micheaux's surviving silent films, his fellow producers of race films who alternately challenged or emulated his methods, and the cultural activities that surrounded and sustained these achievements. The relationship between black film and both the stage (particularly the Lafayette Players) and the black press, issues of underdevelopment, and a genealogy of Micheaux scholarship, as well as extensive and more accurate filmographies, give a richly textured portrait of this era. The essays will fascinate the general public as well as scholars in the fields of film studies, cultural studies, and African American history. This thoroughly readable collection is a superb reference work lavishly illustrated with rare photographs
 
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Pearl Bowser American author, director, producer
Languages
English (64)
French (2)
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