Oscar Micheaux: The Great and Only

The Life of America's First Black Filmmaker

by Patrick McGilligan

On Sale: 06/17/2008

Oscar Micheaux: The Great and Only

The Life of America's First Black Filmmaker

by Patrick McGilligan

On Sale: 06/17/2008

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About the Book

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. The son of freed slaves, he roamed America as a Pullman porter before making his first mark as a homesteader in South Dakota—and going on from there to become the king of the "race cinema" industry, producing and/or directing nearly forty films during a time of Jim Crow segregation when African-American artists were not welcome in Hollywood.

In this groundbreaking new biography, award-winning film historian Patrick McGilligan offers a vivid and fascinating portrait of a true pioneer of American culture who was equal parts visionary, hustler, huckster, innovator, and raffish Barnum-like showman—and the first great African-American filmmaker.

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Critical Praise

“McGilligan deftly assembles the sterling research of scholars of early black filmmaking into an enormously moving and compelling account of a quixotic life defined by arduous toil and perpetual optimism.” - DGA Quarterly

“a well researched, passionately felt and endlessly fascinating look at a singular American life.” - Kirkus Reviews

“McGilligan has made this incredible, half-forgotten life newly available to us all.” - The Guardian

“An enormously moving and compelling account of a quixotic life defined by arduous toil and perpetual optimism.” - Directors Guild Association Quarterly

McGilligan does a fine job of reaffirming Micheaux’s significance beyond the appreciation of cineastes. - Publishers Weekly

“In the skilled hands of Patrick McGilligan, Oscar Micheaux’s life story bristles and takes flight.” - Pearl Bowser, author of Writing Himself into History: Oscar Micheaux, His Silent Films and His Audiences

“a lively, readable tale” - New York Times Book Review

Praise for Alfred Hitchcock: “Staggering… illuminating… The Master of Suspense finally gets and authoritative life.” - Kirkus Reviews (starred)

Praise for Alfred Hitchcock: “Enthralling, scholarly, and candid.” - Publishers Weekly

Praise for Alfred Hitchcock: “Magnificently exhaustive, absolutely definitive, marvelously magesterial…” - Los Angeles Times Book Review

Praise for Alfred Hitchcock: “A hugely satisfying portrait of the artist.” - Entertainment Weekly

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780060731403
  • ISBN 10: 0060731400
  • Imprint: Harper Perennial
  • On Sale: 06/17/2008
  • Pages: 432
  • List Price:21.00 CAD
  • BISAC1 : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Entertainment & Performing Arts
  • BISAC2 : PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / Direction & Production

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