Body and Soul (Oscar Micheaux, 1925) – Counter Programming The Great Movies

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Part of an ongoing effort to watch a set of films from non-White, non-U.S., non-male, and/or non-straight filmmakers and depart a little from the Western canon. The intro and full list can be found here.

“Every race man and woman should cast aside their skepticism regarding the Negro’s ability as a motion picture star.” ~ Oscar Micheaux

From the beginning of his filmmaking career, Oscar Micheaux’s earnestness, and his view that art could uplift and inspire the downtrodden, was on full display.

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Within Our Gates (Oscar Micheaux, 1920) – Counter Programming The Great Movies

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Part of an ongoing effort to watch a set of films from non-White, non-U.S., non-male, and/or non-straight filmmakers and depart a little from the Western canon. The intro and full list can be found here.

What if The Birth of a Nation, D W Griffith’s groundbreaking and deeply nasty epic, had been made by Black people in the U.S., the community it most excluded, caricatured, and vilified?

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Foodfight! (Lawrence Kasanoff, 2012)

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Bad movies come in many varieties. There are the dull ones, the ones with continuity errors and sloppy technical aspects, the ones with howlingly bad performances. There are offensive ones, or ones that simply don’t work on their own terms. There are the ones whose sheer terribleness provokes amazement and joy – the “so bad, it’s good” entries in the cinematic pantheon.

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Listen Up Philip (Alex Ross Perry, 2014)

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The Philip addressed in the title is Philip Louis Friedman (Jason Schwartzman). He’s an author – his second book has just come out, after his first received significant acclaim. His mentor is Ike Zimmerman (Jonathan Pryce), a famous but reclusive, long-in-the-tooth writer who had tremendous success himself decades prior, but now spends most of his time playing the role of The Great Author, rather than actually writing.

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