Friday, December 14, 2012

December Movies (Part III)

Click Here to read Part II and Click Here to learn more about these "December Movies". 


Check out Oscar Micheaux's answer to D.W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation:

Within Our Gates (1920)

"Abandoned by her fiancé, an educated negro woman with a shocking past dedicates herself to helping a near bankrupt school for impoverished negro youths."

Within Our Gates stars Evelyn Preer, Flo Clements, and James D. Ruffin.

CLICK HERE to watch it on Youtube. 


Check out an Oscar-nominated, documentary-style film:

The Quiet One (1948)

"A documentary account of the rehabilitation at the Wiltwyck School of an emotionally disturbed Black boy who is unwanted, misunderstood, and inwardly tortured."

The Quiet One stars Donald Thompson

CLICK HERE to watch it on Youtube.


Check out this popular 1940's "race film":

Sepia Cinderella  (1947)

"The film follows the struggle of a young songwriter who finds sudden success with an unexpected hit song, but is unable to cope with his new fame."

Sepia Cinderella stars Billy Daniels and Sheila Guyse

CLICK HERE to watch it on Youtube. 


A second Micheaux film to check out, a musical:

Swing! (1938)

"Ted Gregory is trying to be the first black producer to mount a show on Broadway, but he has trouble with his star singer."

Swing! stars Cora Green, Larry Seymour, and Hazel Diaz.

CLICK HERE on to watch it on Youtube. 


Finally, another Micheaux film, one of his earliest:

The Symbol of the Unconquered (1920)

"Racists learn that the land a negro owns lies over a vast oil field, and threaten his life when he refuses to sell."

The Symbol of the Unconquered stars Iris Hall, Walker Thompson, and Lawrence Chenault

CLICK HERE to watch it on Youtube. 


Most movie summaries obtained from their IMDb pages.


Today has been a rough day.

I hope you see a movie to your liking and I hope you are able to enjoy your weekend.

Tell your loved ones that you love them. Do something good for a stranger--you never know what positive effects your kind words and actions may have on them.

--Adrienne <3

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