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 »
An educated, upscale young black musician marries a woman from a lower socioeconomic class to get her out of the clutches of her stepfather, who beats and abuses her. However, once he "... See full summary »
Carter DeHaven announces that he will perform a series of "impressions." For each impression we see him applying makeup, then he ducks down below the makeup table and pops up, in order, as ... See full summary »
Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle,
Zonal Neale Hurston was a novelist, an folklorist and an anthropologist. She is best remembered for her 1930s novel "Their Eyes We're Watching God". As the title of this piece indicates, this was shot in 1940 in Beaufort, South Carolina. It's not precisely the work of Miss Hurston. It's an excerpt of her work, with an unsynchronized soundtrack. It is a fascinating, well shot and interestingly edited documentary: enough so that it was added to the National Film Registry in 2005.
Its importance lies not in it being a good film, but in being an anthropological record -- and almost certainly in it being a work by a Black woman about Black people. It's not a piece you're likely to watch for pleasure, except for the leisure you're likely to take in seeing a good record of peoples' true behavior at a certain time and place in history.
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