A history of the racially stereotyped portrayal of African Americans in cinema.



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A history of the racially stereotyped portrayal of African Americans in cinema.

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Explore the representation of African Americans in the history of American cinema through the eyes of Melvin Van Peebles.




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Release Date:

12 March 2007 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

Melvin Van Peebles' Classified X  »

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Opening Weekend:

$65 (USA) (16 October 1998)


$65 (USA) (16 October 1998)

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30 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this documentary and thought that it was well presented. It raised issued long past forgotten. Although he did not mention new directors we must understand that the majority of viewers at the time was White America and the treatment of Black Professionals was being portrayed as "Stupid". To compare this I recommend "Scandalize My Name" which comments on the "Black List" and how it affected the image and careers of famous black American. The director newcomers did not have the fight that was being waged in early cinema, their achievements are the results of past battles. The Black image was being shaped and forged through the most influential mode-Cinema. Nowhere could you stigmatize, demoralize and stereotype a people than the cinema.

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