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What are the eight patterns that emerge in Black screen representation?
1) Blacks are shown
on screen dancing or performing trite acts
2) Blacks are depicted as saving the lives of white people, as though they are the saviors of
3) Blacks are depicted as servants or in a subservient capacity
4) Depicted as shiftless, lazy, watermelon eaters, and chicken eaters
5) Depicted as objects of fear
7) Seen in anthropological films
8) Civil War Films
Who were William Foster and Joe Shoecraft?
a) Some of the first black film makers between 1910-1911
b) Started Foster Photoplay Company aka Will Foster Moving Company
c) Did Railroad Porter
Who were the "Two Real Coons"?
Bert Williams and George Wilkes
What are the 5 major stereotypes?
1) Uncle Tom
5) Black Buck
Describe the Uncle Tom stereotype and give an example.
Uncle Tom's cabin
- loyalty to master, always faithful and devoted, helpful and sees bright side
Driving Ms. Daisy
Describe the coon stereotype.
a) sly, cunning, avoids work
b) chicken and watermelon eating
c) pickaninny is a child version
d) meant to be laughed at
ex. Wayans Bros, Martin
Describe the mullatto stereotype
a) fair-skinned, european features
b) pitied, not accepted into Black or White world, confused
ex. Halle Berry in Queen
Describe the Mammy stereotype.
a) dark skinned, heavier,
b) more aggressive and independent
c) no sex appeal
ex. Hattie McDaniels
Describe the Black Buck stereotype.
a) savage, violent black male
ex. Jim Brown
What is Birth of a Nation?
a) film directed by D.W. Griffith in 1915
b) Based on the book the Clansmen by Thomas Dixon
What are the cinematic techniques used to make
Birth of a Nation
a) Introduced Night photography
b) Moving Camera shot
c) Split screens
d) Dissolve as a linking device
e) Iris in/Iris out – Circle becomes larger and
larger and larger or vice versa
What were some myths about Birth of a Nation?
1) Blacks were the only ones offended by the film
2) The film started protest
3) All Black characters were played by whites
What were the opinions of scholars about Birth of a Nation?
1) Thomas Cripps felt that Blacks limited Hollywood because of protests
2) Clyde Taylor felt film was horrible despite its cinematic achievements
3) Appiah Anthony said racism was unintentional