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Hollywood film directors are some of the world's most powerful storytellers, shaping the fantasies and aspirations of people around the globe. Since the 1960s, African Americans have increasingly joined their ranks, bringing fresh insights to movie characterizations, plots, and themes and depicting areas of African American culture that were previously absent from mainstream films. Today, black directors are making films in all popular genres, while inventing new ones to speak directly from and to the black experience.
This book offers a first comprehensive look at the work of black directors in Hollywood, from pioneers such as Gordon Parks, Melvin Van Peebles, and Ossie Davis to current talents including Spike Lee, John Singleton, Kasi Lemmons, and Carl Franklin. Discussing 67 individuals and over 135 films, Melvin Donalson thoroughly explores how black directors' storytelling skills and film techniques have widened both the thematic focus and visual style of American cinema. Assessing the meanings and messages in their films, he convincingly demonstrates that black directors are balancing Hollywood's demand for box office success with artistic achievement and responsibility to ethnic, cultural, and gender issues.
About the Author: Melvin Donalson is Associate Professor of English at Pasadena City College and Adjunct Professor of English at California State University, Los Angeles. He is also a filmmaker, whose work has been shown at nine film festivals and broadcast on Showtime Network’s Black Filmmakers Showcase.
Titolo: Black Directors in Hollywood
Casa editrice: University of Texas Press
Data di pubblicazione: 2003
Condizione libro: very good
Descrizione libro University of Texas Press, 2003. Condizione libro: Good. 1st Edition. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Codice libro della libreria GRP18185016
Descrizione libro University of Texas Press, Austin, TX, U.S.A., 2003. Hard Cover. Condizione libro: Very Good. No Jacket. Codice libro della libreria 18451
Descrizione libro University of Texas Press, 2003. Condizione libro: Good. A+ Customer service! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Book is in Used-Good condition. Pages and cover are clean and intact. Used items may not include supplementary materials such as CDs or access codes. May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. Codice libro della libreria 0292701780-2-4
Descrizione libro University of Texas Press, 2003. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. 1. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Codice libro della libreria 0292701780
Descrizione libro University of Texas Press, 2003. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Used: Good. Codice libro della libreria SONG0292701780