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Contemporary African American cinema

New York : P. Lang, c2002.

Contemporary African American cinema Overview

For the past century African American cinema has primarily been an independent phenomenon. However, recent and consistent inclusion in the mainstream film industry of Hollywood suggests a significant change in its status. Despite a tendency to posit the "genre" as "other" it is not a separate cinema. Contemporary African American cinema contextualizes its forms and themes within the American film tradition. With crossover success and critical acclaim, it became clear by 1991 that profit would be a motive for expansion, and that these films had established profound connections not only with Black audiences and agendas but within a diverse mainstream audience as well. Contemporary African American cinema continues to sustain itself while informing, mediating, challenging, and entertaining American audiences.

Contemporary African American cinema Table Of Content

Ch. 1 An Introduction 1
Ch. 2 New Jack City 21
Ch. 3 Boyz N the Hood 35
Ch. 4 Juice 49
Ch. 5 Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. 65
Ch. 6 Menace II Society 83
Ch. 7 Clockers 101
Ch. 8 Some Conclusions 117
Bibliography 125
Index 133

Contemporary African American cinema Editorial Reviews


Locating contemporary Black filmmaking squarely within the mainstream film industry, Antonio (film, television, and new media, New York U.) explores , , , , and . She argues that these films simultaneously pushed African American political and social aspirations while existing in the space of the classic American gangster genre. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Contemporary African American cinema

Book Info

  • Book Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN-13: 9780820455174
  • ISBN-10: 0820455172
  • Number of Pages: 152
  • Approx Price: $4.46
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