Oscar Micheaux: The Great and Only

Oscar Micheaux was the Jackie Robinson of film, the black D W Griffith a bigger than life American folk hero whose important life story is nearly forgotten today Now, in a feat of historical investigation and vivid storytelling, one of our greatest film biographers takes on one of the most talented and complex figures in the history of American entertainment.The son ofOscar Micheaux was the Jackie Robinson of film, the black D W Griffith a bigger than life American folk hero whose important life story is nearly forgotten today Now, in a feat of historical investigation and vivid storytelling, one of our greatest film biographers takes on one of the most talented and complex figures in the history of American entertainment.The son of freed slaves, Micheaux grew up in Metropolis, Illinois, then roamed America as a Pullman porter before making his first mark as a homesteader in South Dakota Disaster and defeat there led him to forge a career publishing a successful series of autobiographical novels Ever the entrepreneur, when Hollywood failed to bid high enough for film rights to his stories, he answered by forming his own film production company Going on to produce or direct twenty two silent and fifteen sound films in his lifetime, Micheaux became the king of the race cinema industry at a time when black produced films had to scrounge for venues in a segregated society.In this groundbreaking new biography, award winning film historian Patrick McGilligan offers a vivid and fascinating portrait of this little known pioneer Part visionary, part raffish Barnum like showman, Micheaux was both a maverick filmmaker and an inveterate hustler who used every weapon at his disposal to break the color barrier and thrive in a profession he helped to invent He made a fortune and lost it again, and launched repeated con games that were followed by public arrests and bankruptcies He eagerly took credit for the work of others including his unsung heroine wife In his desperate later years, he even sunk to plagiarizing his final novel a discovery McGilligan reveals here for the first time.In this searching exploration, McGilligan tracks down long lost financial records, unpublished letters, and unmarked pauper s graves, pinpointing Micheaux s birthplace, his tangled personal life, and the circumstances of his tragic death The result is an epic that bridges a fascinating period in American history, and offers lessons for anyone who would understand the role of black America in forming the culture of our time.
Oscar Micheaux The Great and Only Oscar Micheaux was the Jackie Robinson of film the black D W Griffith a bigger than life American folk hero whose important life story is nearly forgotten today Now in a feat of historical investiga

  • Title: Oscar Micheaux: The Great and Only
  • Author: Patrick McGilligan
  • ISBN: 9780060731397
  • Page: 364
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Oscar Micheaux The Great and Only The Life of America s Oscar Micheaux was the Jackie Robinson of film, the black D W Griffith a bigger than life American folk hero whose important life story has been nearly forgotten today. Oscar Micheaux, The Legendary Black Filmmaker KMT Oscar Micheaux The Homesteader The story of a Black pioneer s life as a South Dakota rancher Out of loneliness, he marries the daughter of a vain Black clergyman, forsaking his true love, a Scottish woman, to avoid social stigma and trouble with the law. The Life and Work of Oscar Micheaux Pioneer Black Author Oscar Micheaux was born in and from childhood seemed to be driven to be different Throughout his life he wore many professional hats he was a successful farmer and author. Within Our Gates Within Our Gates is a American silent film by the director Oscar Micheaux that portrays the contemporary racial situation in the United States during the early twentieth century, the years of Jim Crow, the revival of the Ku Klux Klan, the Great Migration of blacks to cities of the North and Midwest, and the emergence of the New Negro.It was part of a genre called race films. Oscar Wilde Writer Biography Author Oscar Wilde was known for his acclaimed works including The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Importance of Being Earnest, as well as his brilliant wit, flamboyant style and infamous Separate Cinema The Vintage Years BIRTH OF A NATION D W Griffith Corp The Birth of a Nation is a classic of American cinema Its director, D.W Griffith, combined and used innovative techniques of editing, parallel storylines and close ups that resulted in one of the most important films of all times. The Weekly South Dakotan sdhistory The Weekly South Dakotan South Dakota Treasure Chest for th Grade History Bubonic Define Bubonic at Dictionary Contemporary Examples of bubonic First, bubonic rhymes with pneumonic but is altogether different is a local infection sequestered in a lymph node. Aforementioned Define Aforementioned at Dictionary The aforementioned stories may very well be legitimate, but let s consider them a sort of canary in the coal mine. Table of Contents April , The New York Review David Z Albert is the Frederick E Woodbridge Professor of Philosophy at Columbia and the author of Quantum Mechanics and Experience, Time and Chance, and After Physics April Charles Baxter is the Edelstein Keller Professor in Creative Writing at the University of Minnesota.

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    1. The mention of the term ‘filmmaker’ brings to mind the likes of John Ford, Alfred Hitchcock, Francois Truffaut, Luis Bunuel and kindred scions of the cinema. More than being merely a paid cog in the machinery geared towards producing a motion picture, the filmmaker is not merely a director. He is usually the instigator as well as the facilitator whose visualised product bears the personalised imprint of a series of techniques and themes that are instantly recognisable to connoisseurs of the [...]

    2. "Oscar Micheaux: The Great and Only: The Life of America's First Great Black Filmmaker," is a culminating work, the result of more than 35 years of scholarship intent on returning its subject to his rightful place in the history of American cinema. Micheaux (1884–1951) "deserves to be considered in the same breath as the sainted D. W. Griffith," argues Patrick McGilligan, who pays handsome tributes to the biographers and critics who have made his comprehensive biography possible.But what made [...]

    3. Oscar Micheaux was a fascinating man. Although he is mostly remembered for his 'race' pictures dating back to the silent era, there was much more to him. He was an author, Pullman porter, and homesteader just to name a few professions he excelled at. I enjoyed the book because I knew so little about Micheaux before I began reading it, but most of the early biographical information was gleaned from the semi-biographical novels he had written. It was kind of hard to tell what was fact and what was [...]

    4. I knew about Oscar Micheaux through his films and info bites on the Internet- but I did not know his production approach that really make him a frontrunner in the independent film movement with the way he worked on barely even a shoe-strong budget, not to mention, his business relationship with the famed writer Charles Chesnutt, his trips to Cleveland, Ohio, and his family background.

    5. Wonderful account of the life of the first black filmmaker, Oscar Michaeux. The writing is exciting and very informative though sometimes very repetitive in details. The sadness and heartfelt nature of learning of all his lost work is baffling, but the genius and artistic achievements he started were immeasurable. A definite read for the film buff!

    6. I had heard of, but knew little of Micheaux before reading this book. The author gave Micheaux credit for his cinematic accomplishments while acknowledging his imperfections. Readers with an interest in film history will enjoy this book.

    7. A trailblazer, pioneer and ground breaker, although the furthest thing from a good businessman. Very detail-oriented without becoming boring. A must read for students of either film or black history, whether or not enrolled.

    8. Oscar Micheaux: the great and only is poorly written. Patrick McGilligan romanticizes Micheaux and perpetuates a myth around him. Micheaux, also, comes off flat, even in all of McGilligan's hyperbole. Oh, and McGilligan's race analysis is shallow. Interesting are some parts of Micheaux's life.

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