The Politics and Poetics of Black Film

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<P>Written and directed by two white men and performed by an all-black cast, Nothing But a Man (Michael Roemer, 1964) tells the story of a drifter turned family man who struggles with the pressures of small-town life and the limitations placed on him and his community in the Deep South, an area long fraught with racism. Though unmistakably about race and civil rights, the film makes no direct reference to the civil rights movement. Despite this intentional absence, contemporary audiences were acutely aware of the social context for the film's indictment of white prejudice in America. To help frame and situate the film in the context of black film studies, the book gathers primary and secondary resources, including the original screenplay, essays on the film, statements by the filmmakers, and interviews with Robert M. Young, the film’s producer and cinematographer, and Khalil Gibran Muhammad, the Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.</P>
<P>Introduction: Nothing But a Man and the Question of Black Film / David C. Wall and Michael T. Martin<BR>Filmmaker Statements<BR> Michael Roemer<BR> Robert M. Young<BR>Essays<BR> Demanding Dignity: Nothing But a Man / Bruce Dick and Mark Vogel<BR> Nothing But a Man / Thomas Cripps<BR> The Derailed Romance in Nothing But a Man / Karen Bowdre<BR> Can’t Stay, Can’ Go: What is History to a Cinematic Imagination / Terri Francis<BR> Civil Rights, Labor, and Sexual Politics on Screen in Nothing But a Man / Judith Smith<BR>Interviews<BR> Historicity and Possibility in Nothing But a Man: A Conversation with Khalil Muhammad / David C. Wall and Michael T. Martin<BR> Cinematic Principles and Practice at Work in Nothing But a Man: A Conversation with Robert Young / Michael T. Martin and David C. Wall<BR>Screenplay Nothing But a Man<BR>Press Kit from Cinema V Distributing, Inc. (1965)<BR>Filmographies<BR> Michael Roemer<BR> Robert M. Young<BR>Select Bibliography</P>



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Published 20 October 2015
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EAN13 9780253018502
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