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It was not until last year that Hollywood formally recognized the contributions of director Spike Lee and writer James Baldwin. But ever since D.W. Griffith’s infamous Birth of a Nation exploded on the screen, stories about Black/White relations have woven through many of our nation’s films. In this course, we will view and critique three such movies and more broadly consider pictures that have treated this topic through the artistic modes of drama, comedy, farce and biography with attention to the most significant African American actors and directors. We will also explore the origins and legacies of such movements as Blaxploitation, the L.A. Rebellion and Black Crossover Cinema.
Jeff Long has offered film studies courses at WISE since 2014 and has been writing movie reviews for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette since 2008. He also taught film studies courses at Becker College and is the author of the reading guide Remembered Childhoods (2007).
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OPTIONAL READING:Will be provided by instructor
Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE)Assumption University, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA 01609