Oscar Micheaux was the Jackie Robinson of film—a bigger-than-life American folk hero whose important life story has been nearly forgotten today. The son of freed slaves, he roamed America as a Pullman porter before making his first mark as a homesteader in South Dakota—and going on from there to become the king of the "race cinema" industry, producing and/or directing nearly forty films during a time of Jim Crow segregation when African-American artists were not welcome in Hollywood.
In this groundbreaking new biography, award-winning film historian Patrick McGilligan offers a vivid and fascinating portrait of a true pioneer of American culture who was equal parts visionary, hustler, huckster, innovator, and raffish Barnum-like showman—and the first great African-American filmmaker.
“a well researched, passionately felt and endlessly fascinating look at a singular American life.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“McGilligan has made this incredible, half-forgotten life newly available to us all.” (The Guardian)
“An enormously moving and compelling account of a quixotic life defined by arduous toil and perpetual optimism.” (Directors Guild Association Quarterly)
McGilligan does a fine job of reaffirming Micheaux’s significance beyond the appreciation of cineastes. (Publishers Weekly)
- Publisher : Harper Perennial; First Harper Perennial Edition (June 17, 2008)
- Language: : English
- Paperback : 402 pages
- Item Weight : 1.19 pounds
- Dimensions : 8.97 x 6.06 x 1.17 inches
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