John Walden, left home 20 years earlier and has been "passing" as white in a town where no one knew of his background. He returns home to take his now grown sister back with him so she too ... See full summary »
A minister is malevolent and sinister behind his righteous facade. He consorts with, and later extorts from, the owner of a gambling house, and betrays an honest girl, eventually driving ... See full summary »
An undercover government agent on a case in Mississipi meets and falls in love with a beautiful young woman who's being menaced by a local crime boss. He rescues the girl, and they leave ... See full summary »
A nightclub singer refuses to "date" customers, so she's framed for the murder of her aunt, convicted of the killing and sent to prison. However, her friend, who is a police detective, ... See full summary »
Edna Mae Harris,
Robert Earl Jones
Helen Ware, an artist's model, known as the Brown Venus is sad, discouraged and unhappy. When her men friends learn that she often poses nude, they try to become unduly "friendly" or just ... See full summary »
Although this film has relatively low production values by today's standard, Micheaux did the best he could with what he had to work with
few filmmakers today would are express the historic views of the
mulatto elite or the middle/upper class people of color - Oprah Winfrey presents The Wedding is about the closest in recent memory -but the lead character didn't try to "pass" as they say.
The idea of the biracial/multiethnic individual not feeling that he/she fits in anywhere and the adoptee who never believes he/she is loved is also a ripe one for discussion and touched upon here, since there are two problems at play here - feeling rootless and feeling resentful of being thrust into a socially inferior position.
Many believe these views are outdated, but some people still hold them, and it's good to examine them. Another user commented on Naomi's desire to be something that she's not, yet the American dream is to be able to rise above your circumstances and be what you want to be. There should always be freedom of choice and freedom of association, it's just too bad that this film doesn't give the lead character a happy ending, but that was to be expected I suppose.
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