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Uploaded by : Marc Lafia | 11/07/08

  • Title:
    Within Our Gates
  • Artist:
    Oscar Micheaux
  • Year:
  • Description:
    Within Our Gates is known as a 'race movie,' films made primarily by African Americans, expressly for and about the Black Community between 1910 and 1950. In the film, Oscar Micheaux attacked the blatant racism portrayed in the most heinous silent movie of all time, D.W. Griffith's technological masterpiece, The Birth of a Nation. In his movie, Griffith depicted every vile black stereotype including lazy alcoholics who raped white women. Micheaux 'flipped the script' on Griffith, filming a scene where a white man attempts to rape a black woman, using exactly the same lighting, blocking, and setting as the scene in Griffith's film.
  • Disciplines and Movements:
    Hollywood Film
  • Themes and Tags:
    political, primal, layered, melancholy, tense, tragic and agitated

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