By Ryan Jay Friedman

ISBN-10: 0813550483

ISBN-13: 9780813550480

ISBN-10: 0813550491

ISBN-13: 9780813550497

In 1929 and 1930, in the course of the Hollywood studios' conversion to synchronized-sound movie creation, white-controlled exchange magazines and African American newspapers celebrated a "vogue" for "Negro films." "Hollywood's African American motion pictures" argues that the motion picture enterprise became to black musical functionality to either unravel technological and aesthetic difficulties brought by means of the medium of "talking images" and, even as, to entice the white "Broadway" viewers that patronized their such a lot profitable first-run theaters. Capitalizing on intellectual institutions with white "slumming" in African American cabarets and at the cultural linkage among well known black musical types and "natural" acoustics, studios produced a chain of African American-cast and white-cast movies that includes African American sequences. Ryan Jay Friedman asserts that those transitional movies replicate contradictions inside triumphing racial ideologies--arising such a lot truly within the videos' therapy of African American characters' judgements emigrate. despite how the movies symbolize those offerings, all of them urged difficult visible and narrative constructions of containment that have a tendency to spotlight instead of suppress ancient tensions surrounding African American social mobility, Jim Crow codes, and white exploitation of black labor.

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