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Pioneers of African American Cinema

Pioneers of African American Cinema
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Pioneers of African American Cinema Short Films 1915-1921
A collection of short films from early African American Cinema
Within Our Gates
In this early silent film from pioneering director Oscar Micheaux, kindly Sylvia Landry (Evelyn Preer) takes a fundraising trip to Boston in hopes of raising money to keep a Southern…
The Symbol of the Unconquered
In this silent film, Eve Mason (Iris Hall) learns of her grandfather's death, leaves her small Southern town and travels west to inspect her newly-inherited land. With help from her…
Body and Soul
A landmark film directed by Oscar Micheaux and starring Paul Robeson in his film debut. BODY AND SOUL follows The film follows the exploits of an escaped prisoner who seeks…
The Flying Ace
When a war hero returns to his former job as a railroad company detective, he must capture a gang of railroad thieves and recover $25,000 of company cash.
Ten Nights in a Bar Room
A man is swindled out of his mill business and turns to drink. After losing his daughter who is hit in the head by a glass during a bar brawl,…
The Scar of Shame
A young man's reluctance to introduce his working-class bride to his bourgeois family leads to tragedy.
Eleven P.M.
A truly bizarre mixture of sentimentality, spirituality and the supernatural, Eleven P.M. follows an impoverished violinist who tries to protect a young girl from straying into a life of sin…
Hell-Bound Train
If you listen to jazz, you will go to Hell, where the scorching fires of torment are mighty and endless. Restored by S. Torriano Berry Music by Samuel D. Waymon
The Exile
A disenchanted man heads West in search of true romance. An all-black musical from film pioneer Oscar Micheaux.
Ten Minutes to Live
In a Harlem nightclub, movie producer Gary Martin (Lawrence Chenault) seeks an actress for his new film, and must choose between two talented singers. Meanwhile, club patron Anthony (A.B. Comathiere)…
Veiled Aristocrats
A black man who passes for white and became a successful lawyer returns to his hometown for a family reunion.
Birthright
A black Harvard graduate confronts racism.
The Girl from Chicago
A Secret Service agent investigates the murder of a numbers runner in New York.
The Bronze Buckaroo
Cowboy Bob Blake (Herbert Jeffries) and four friends ride to Arizona to help Betty Jackson (Artie Young), the sister of Bob's friend, Joe (Rollie Hardin), who has gone missing. Bob…
The Blood of Jesus
Small-town residents pray for a miracle after a newly baptized woman is accidentally shot by her sinful husband.
Dirty Gertie
A femme fatale leaves New York to escape an old boyfriend and establishes herself on the island of Trinidad.

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