Black Directors in Hollywood (1ST)

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Black Directors in Hollywood (1ST)

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 396 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780292701793
  • DDC分類 B

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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.

Table of Contents

Preface                                            ix
Acknowledgments xi
Introduction 1 (8)
CHAPTER 1 The Pathmakers 9 (16)
Gordon Parks, Melvin Van Peebles
CHAPTER 2 The Visionary Actors 25 (20)
Ossie Davis, Sidney Poitier
CHAPTER 3 Black Urban Action Films and 45 (21)
Mainstream Images
Gordon Parks Jr., Ivan Dixon, Fred
Williamson, Hugh A. Robertson, Ron O'Neal,
Gilbert Moses, Raymond St. Jacques
CHAPTER 4 Black Sensibilities and Mainstream 66 (12)
Images
Berry Gordy Jr., Stan Lathan, Jamaa Fanaka
CHAPTER 5 Michael Schultz: The Crossover King 78 (18)
CHAPTER 6 Spike Lee: The Independent Auteur 96 (28)
CHAPTER 7 Keeping It Real (Reel): Black 124(50)
Dramatic Visions
Charles Burnett, John Singleton, Matty Rich,
Mario Van Peebles, Ernest Dickerson, Albert
and Allen Hughes, Doug McHenry, David Clark
Johnson, Preston A. Whitmore II, Tim Reid,
Robert Patton-Spruill, Darin Scott, Hype
Williams
CHAPTER 8 And Still They Rise: Black Women 174(30)
Directors
Euzhan Palcy, Julie Dash, Leslie Harris,
Darnell Martin, Kasi Lemmons, Millicent
Shelton, Troy Beyer, Cheryl Dunye, Maya
Angelou
CHAPTER 9 Not without Laughter: Directors of 204(48)
Comedy and Romance
Oz Scott, Topper Carew, Richard Pryor,
Prince, Robert Townsend, Eddie Murphy, Keenen
Ivory Wayans, Wendell B. Harris Jr., Reginald
Hudlin, Martin Lawrence, Theodore Witcher,
George Tillman, Kevin Rodney Sullivan,
Christopher Scott Cherot
CHAPTER 10 Off the Hook: Comedy and Romance 252(26)
with a Hip-Hop Flavor
Reginald Hudlin, James Bond III, George
Jackson/Doug McHenry, Rusty Cundieff, F. Gary
Gray, Paris Barclay, Lionel C. Martin, Ice
Cube
CHAPTER 11 Redefining Crossover Films 278(45)
Kevin Hooks, Bill Duke, Carl Franklin, Thomas
Carter, Forest Whitaker, F. Gary Gray,
Antoine Fuqua
Filmography 323(4)
Notes 327(14)
Glossary 341(4)
Bibliography 345(10)
Index 355