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Monday, January 15, 2018

The Devil's Disciple (1925) [Lost Film]

An Oscar Micheaux film. Aileen Kennibrew, a charming and beautiful girl calls on one Richard Ellis, a motion picture producer, who is impressed by her modesty, refined personality and striking carriage and is persuaded to "try" her out in the movies. She makes good, and altho' elevated after a few pictures to stardom, becomes obsessed with an overwhelming desire to go on the stage. Finally securing a part with a dramatic stock company, she fall in love with a character man, who, unknown to her, is of degenerate character. Giving him all her love, however, she sets out to reform him with the usual result—but that's the story!

A motion picture that every young girl ought to see, as it, among other things, points out with great force and conviction, the error o vain love and shows how easily any attractive girl may be ruined by failure to exercises normal restraint. 

**This film is considered lost until notified otherwise**

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Reverend S. S. Jones - Home Movies [1924-1928]

Reverend Solomon Sir Jones documented African-American life, culture, and success in Oklahoma a few years after the Tulsa Race Riots. His films demonstrate the nuance and diversity of the Black community during the period. His camera captures children, deacons, young professionals, homemakers, businessmen, community leaders, landowners, field workers, students, and neighbors. Some of his subjects included formerly enslaved men and women and their descendants who built these thriving towns. Together, these communities worked, worshiped, played celebrated, loved and mourned together. Jones takes considerable care to illustrate how they built something special - self-sustaining and self-determined societies.

-Mary N. Elliot, Museum Specialist at the National Museum of African-American History and Culture

This film was restored by Kino Lorber which was archived in the Library of Congress and released in a 5 disc box set: Pioneers of African American Cinema.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Body and Soul (1925)


Just as he was forging a career for himself on Broadway, Paul Robeson (The Emperor Jones, All God's Chullin Got Wings) appeared in this film by the enterprising Oscar Micheaux. No other film in the director's career so vividly represented his cynical view of clergymen as greedy manipulators of the vulnerable. Robeson stars as twin brothers, on a Bible-thumping, alcohol-sipping, sexually-predatory minister and the other an ordinary working man, both vying for affection of a young woman who is trying to abide by the misguided wishes of her devout mother.