I'm thinking back to my old minstrelsy and passing days --not when I used to pass as a minstrel--but when those issues were the explicit focus of my work going all the way back to RISD.
And thinking about the world of movies of course. Let's see; Actor Herb Jeffries lived his life as a black man and acted in black cast movies...Al Jolson had an autobiographical belief that he actually had a black mammy down home somewhere. And then there's Quentin Tarentino...Zelig and Chameleon Man, Black Like Me, Soul Man and Gentleman's Agreement all come to mind.
So, for a limited time (about a week) and for your viewing pleasure I am posting my video 1/16th of 100%?!
Let me know what you think!
1/16th of 100%!?, video (23 minutes) Writer, director, editor 1993/96
Montage that examines themes of appropriation, miscegenation and minstrelsy through manipulating footage found in Hollywood movies from the 1920s through the 1950s-- including Imitation of Life, Showboat and The Jazz Singer.
(y'alls know how i feel about Jerry Lewis, oh he of mahvelous pinkie ringdom...And yet this is his first appearance on continuumfilmblog!)
@ Headlands and egged on by Will Brown (they didn't have to ask twice--or even entirely finish the question the first time) Paul Clipson and I are going to blab on ad infinitum or whenever Paul runs out of clips (5th of Nevuary) about our own Jerry Lewis!
I believe my Reflections In A Golden Eye(1967) post really belongs on my Horror Blog.
While watching Huston's film the other day I had to leave and literally miseed the last 4 minutes of the film. IMAGINE, my awesome surprise when I rewatched the film til the end later that night! It is the MOST amazing, cccrrazy endingI have seen in a commericial movie but for my previous favorite finale, Fassbinder's The American Soldier, that follows right along in 1970 and which I posted earlier in this blog.
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Don't hit play unless you've seen the film! And Thanks to the canny poster for putting it up!
Screams! Swish pans! Repetition! Scoring! Brian Keith! Quotes!
photo: ina archer: wyoming, post RNC "minstrel show" starring Clint Eastwood Here's the fabulous Flotilla Debarge's take on the chair dance!(ps; for sensitive ears, the language is a little Blue, in more ways than one...)