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MILITANT VISIONS: BLACK SOLDIERS, INTERNATIONALISM AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICAN CINEMA. Elizabeth Reich. Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, 2016. 192 pp. 22 x 15 cm. ISBN 9780813572574 In English.
Hardcover edition also available; see Worldwide 171932. Publisher's description: When asked to name the first "militant" Black characters in film, we might imagine Blaxploitation heroes like Sweetback or Shaft. Yet, as this groundbreaking new book shows, there was a much earlier cycle of films featuring militant Black -- many of which were sponsored by the U.S. government. Militant Visions examines how, from the 1940s to the 1970s, the cinematic figure of the black soldier helped change the ways American moviegoers saw Black men, for the first time presenting African Americans as vital and integrated members of the nation. Elizabeth Reich traces the figure across a wide variety of movie genres, from action blockbusters like Bataan to patriotic musicals like Stormy Weather. In the process, she reveals how the image of the proud and powerful African American serviceman was crafted by an unexpected alliance of government propagandists, civil rights activists, and Black filmmakers. Offering a nuanced reading of a figure that was simultaneously conservative and radical, Reich considers how the cinematic Black soldier lent a human face to ongoing debates about racial integration, Black internationalism, and American militarism.
Indexing: Video/Film/Performance
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 171933
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