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The African American Cinema: I. Oscar Micheaux's Within Our Gates (1919)

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This earliest surviving silent feature directed by an African-American tells the story of a young African-American woman who seeks a Northern white patron for a Southern school for Black children. The scenes of lynching and attempted white-on-Black rape may be a response to D.W. Griffith's The birth of a nation.
VHS
1995; 1919
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Origins of American Animation, 1900-1921

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This collection, 21 complete films and two fragments, showcases the best of the Library of Congress's animated cartoons from the first decades of this century, an era full of surprises and experimentation.
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1995; 1900
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Origins of the Gangster Film: D.W. Griffith's the Narrow Road (1912) and Maurice Tourneur's Alias Jimmy Valentine (1915)

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The 1st work presents the story of Elmer Booth, a criminal who was pursued by a suspicious detective, Alfred Paget. The 2nd work includes all the familiar elements of the crime drama with suspense and wit. It is the visual style, however, that remains the most stunning.
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1995; 1912
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The African American Cinema: II the Scar of Shame (1926) and Sissle and Blake (1923)

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Sissle and Blake: a short filmed in Lee De Forest's New York studio with his sound-on-film process in 1923, four years before Hollywood began to experiment with sound. Pianist Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle perform their jazz composition "Affectionate Dan" and a jazzed-up spiritual.; Scar of shame: In no film was the racial theme more apparent than in this story about an ill-matched marriage between a black concert painist and a poor, lower class black woman. Secretly ashamed of her, the young man keeps his wife hidden from his socially-prominent middle-class mother. Despite the melodrama, it is a strong statement on the issues of class and the color caste system which existed within the African-American community. This was the first film of the Colored Players Film Corp. of Philadelphia.
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1995; 1923
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America's First Women Filmmakers: Alice Guy-Blaché and Lois Weber

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1995; 1913
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Origins of the Fantasy Feature: The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1914) and a Florida Enchantment (1914)

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A whimsical fairy tale about munchkins in the land of Oz (1st work) and an unusual fable about a woman who discovers magic seeds that transform women into men and men into women (2nd work).
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1995; 1914
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