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TRYING TO GET OVER: AFRICAN AMERICAN DIRECTORS AFTER BLAXPLOITATION, 1977-1986. Keith Corson. University of Texas Press, Austin, 2016. 288 pp. with 32 ills. 22 x 15 cm. ISBN 9781477309087 In English.
This title is offered as a special-order item. Hardcover edition also available; see Worldwide 170290. Publisher's description: From 1972 to 1976, Hollywood made an unprecedented number of films targeted at black audiences. But following this era known as "blaxploitation," the momentum suddenly reversed for black filmmakers, and a large void separates the end of blaxploitation from the black film explosion that followed the arrival of Spike Lee's She's Gotta Have It in 1986. Illuminating an overlooked era in African American film history, Trying to Get Over is the first in-depth study of black directors working during the decade between 1977 and 1986. Keith Corson provides a fresh definition of blaxploitation, lays out a concrete reason for its end, and explains the major gap in African American representation during the years that followed. He focuses primarily on the work of eight directors -- Michael Schultz, Sidney Poitier, Jamaa Fanaka, Fred Williamson, Gilbert Moses, Stan Lathan, Richard Pryor, and Prince -- who were the only black directors making commercially distributed films in the decade following the blaxploitation cycle.
Indexing: Video/Film/Performance
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 170291
Paperbound $27.95x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title) nota bene: See Comment Above.

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