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Oscar Micheaux: The Great and Only: The Life of America's First Black Filmmaker

Oscar Micheaux: The Great and Only: The Life of America's First Black Filmmaker

Patrick McGilligan

ISBN: 9780060731403

In a feat of historical investigation and vivid storytelling, a film biographer takes on one of the greatest--and most complex--figures in the history of American entertainment, Oscar Micheaux, the son of freed slaves who formed his own film production company after Hollywood failed to bid high enough for film rights to his stories.

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Oscar Micheaux was the Jackie Robinson of film, the black D. W. Griffith--a bigger-than-life American folk hero whose important life story has been nearly forgotten today. The son of freed slaves, he roamed America as a Pullman porter before making his first mark as a homesteader in South Dakota--and going on from there to become the king of the "race cinema" industry, producing and/or directing nearly forty films during a time of Jim Crow segregation when African-American artists were not welcome in Hollywood.In this groundbreaking new biography, award-winning film historian Patrick McGilligan offers a vivid and fascinating portrait of a true pioneer of American culture who was equal parts visionary, hustler, huckster, innovator, and raffish Barnum-like showman--and the first great African-American filmmaker.
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