søndag 3. august 2008

Afro Promo: Black Cinema Trailers 1946-76

Released by: Other Cinema Digital (http://www.othercinemadvd.com/)
Release date: January 31st, 2006

Duration: 72 minutes

Video: 1.33:1 , colour and black/white
Audio: Dolby Digital Mono 2.0, English
Subtitles: none

Region: 1 (NTSC)

Note from the distributor:

Oh yeah! Alternatively trashy and poignant – and sometimes just plain hard to believe these days – here’s an irresistible program of Black Cinema trailers that trace its evolution through its most crucial period, 1946-1976.Filled with insights on race and social dynamics, this fascinating compendium of Coming Attractions explores an extensive range of stylistic approaches – Blaxploitation, Comedy, Music Bio, Plantation Drama, and more – all smartly organized by genre, or viewable as one outrageous joyride through motion picture history. Beyond mere camp, these marvelously condensed gems crystallize a range of African-American identities and personalities, tracking the meteoric careers of Sidney Poitier, James Earl Jones, Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor, Pam Grier, et al, through their bold performances in movies both hugely popular and practically forgotten.Be careful or you just might learn something.

  1. The Harlem Globetrotters
  2. St. Louis Blues
  3. Edge of the City
  4. Defiant Ones
  5. A Raisin in the Sun
  6. A Patch of Blue
  7. They call Me Mister Tibbs!
  8. Cool Breeze
  9. The Last Safari
  10. Soul to Soul
  11. Sounder
  12. The Learning Tree
  13. Putney Swope: The Truth and Soul Movie
  14. Mandingo
  15. Boss Nigger
  16. Blackula
  17. Cleopatra Jones
  18. Foxy Brown
  19. Black Mama/White Mama
  20. Black Girl
  21. Lady Sings the Blues
  22. Sparkle
  23. The Great White Hope
  24. The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings
  25. The Greatest
  26. Car Wash
  27. Norman... is that You?
  28. Cooley High
  29. A Piece of the Action
  • Introductory Essay by Terri Francis (Yale U.)
  • Short films: Christopher Harris’ “Reckless Eyeballing” and Roger Beebe’s “Famous Irish Americans
  • Upcoming Releases from Other Cinema DVD
When Afro Promo was released theatrically, it included a trailer for the banned Disney film Song of the South (1946). The trailer is not included on this DVD. Read a review of the theatrical version here, from Bright Lights Film Journal.

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