Monday, February 27, 2012
Before Rhoda Penmark in "The Bad Seed" there was Naomi. Well here it is fans, Part 1 of this wonderful 1938 movie directed by Oscar Micheaux that has a combination of elements from the movies "Imitation of Life" (1934) and "These Three" (1936). The story focuses on the young light skinned girl named Naomi who is dropped off by her black mother to black widow Mrs. Saunders who soon grows up to be a troublemaker towards everyone around her as a child, and later as an adult. This movie stars Jacqueline Lewis, Ethel Moses, Alice B. Russell, Gloria Press, and Carman Newsome. There are eight parts in all so I hope you all enjoy this 70 minute classic that is the only known version of the movie at the moment. Certain scenes have been edited out shortly after it's release due to public reaction of them by black audiences that found them offensive. A few of these cut scenes however can still be seen in the film's opening preview trailer (Note: the woman holding baby Naomi in the opening trailer is Trixie Smith, not the woman that plays Naomi's real mother. That's Dorothy Van Engle who was unfortunately uncredited along with Cherokee Thornton who plays Clyde Wade later on in the movie). Also, it took me seven hours to split the parts up in the right spots but it's all worked out perfectly. Remember, this was a low budget movie so it wasn't filmed as sharp as you may want it to look. The picture may be hard to see at times because of the lighting but that only happens a few times.
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Friday, February 24, 2012
A silent race film produced, written and directed by novelist Oscar Micheaux, it is the oldest known surviving film made by an African-American director.
The film dramatically expresses the racial situation in America during the violent years of Jim Crow, the Ku Klux Klan, the Great Migration, and the emergence of the "New Negro". The story focuses on an African-American woman who goes North in an effort to help a minister in the Deep South raise money to keep a school open for poor Black children. Her romance with a black doctor eventually leads to revelations about her family's past that expose the racial skeletons in America's closet, most famously through the film's depiction of a lynching.
Gene DeAnna (restoration titles), Oscar Micheaux
Evelyn Preer, Flo Clements and James D. Ruffin
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Thursday, February 23, 2012
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