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us: Race films


  • Here are entered works on films produced with African American casts specifically for African American audiences beginning in the late silent-film days and continuing until the end of the 1940s.
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    • us: Race films--United States
    • us: Race movies
  • Broader Terms

    • us: Motion pictures
  • Related Terms

    • us: African Americans in motion pictures
    • us: African Americans in the motion picture industry
  • Sources

    • found: Work cat.: That's Black entertainment, c1997: opening credits for v. 1 (Race movies : the early history of Black cinema with three original short films)
    • found: Konigsberg, Ira. Complete film dict., 2nd ed. (Race films. A term used to designate films with African American casts made specifically for African American audiences begun in the late silent-film days and continuing until the end of the 1940s.)
    • found: Blandford, Steven. Film studies dict., 2001 (Race film. Term used in the American film industry from the silent cinema through the 1940s to refer to movies made by African-American film-makers specifically for African-American audiences.)
    • found: Katz, Ephraim. Film enc., 4th ed. (Race movies. Features with all-black casts made specifically for African-American audiences)
    • found: Richards, Larry. African American films through 1959: p. 5 (In response to Birth of a nation, efforts began in the African-American community to show a more honest depiction of Black people by producing the first "all-colored cast" feature movies, or "race films.")
  • General Notes

    • Here are entered works on films produced with African American casts specifically for African American audiences beginning in the late silent-film days and continuing until the end of the 1940s.
  • Change Notes

    • 2004-08-30: new
    • 2015-12-01: revised
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