History Of Black Cinema Through Movie Posters

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History Of Black Cinema In Movie Posters Separate Cinema - The First 100 Years of Black Poster Art

A fascinating new book – Separate Cinema: The First 100 Years of Black Poster Art – a visual feast that charts not only the increasing presence and importance of African-Americans in film, but also how they have been portrayed on posters by artists in Hollywood and beyond.

John Duke Kisch, compiled the book from his personal collection of posters. He owns one of the most extensive private holdings of African-American film memorabilia in the world, containing over 35,000 authentic movie posters and photographs from over 30 countries. The book features stunning images that recount the diverse and historic journey of the Black film industry from the earliest days of Hollywood to present day. Part aesthetic, part nostalgic and wholly fascinating.


History Of Black Cinema In Movie Posters - The Green Pastures (SWEDEN, 1936) Poster


THE GREEN PASTURES (SWEDEN, 1936)


History Of Black Cinema In Movie Posters - The Green Pastures (USA, 1936) Poster


THE GREEN PASTURES (USA, 1936)

This was an all-black-cast musical that told the story of the Bible. ‘The Swedish poster here is a graphic illustration of a man and a woman in the Garden of Eden,’ says Kisch. ‘Contrast that with the American poster which was neutered.’


All the images and quotes from Separate Cinema: The First 100 Years of Black Poster Art (Reel Art Press), published on 6th October 2014.

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