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Within our gates : ethnicity in American feature films, 1911-1960 /
Alan Gevinson, editor.
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Berkeley, Ca. : University of California Press, 1997.
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xviii, 1571 p.
ISBN
0520209648 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Berkeley, Ca. : University of California Press, 1997.
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0520209648 (cloth : alk. paper)
catalogue key
1344723
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"[These volumes] are endlessly absorbing as an excursion into cultural history and national memory."--Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1998-01:
Within Our Gates is an important addition to the American Film Institute catalogs that document feature films, but the special focus on ethnicity adds a new dimension to the series. By providing specific information about ethnicity in nearly 2,500 films made between 1911 and 1960, the editor demonstrates the broad impact of film on society. The summaries of these films demonstrate the ways in which films have reflected race and ethnicity and the ways these visual images have molded the public's views of particular groups. This catalog will interest the general public and film buffs; for educators, it will make accessible important information to assist in organizing film courses on ethnicity in American film or on a specific ethnic group. The book is arranged alphabetically by film title; entries include detailed information about the cast as well as succinct plot summaries. Of special interest is the information about the sources of films--short stories, novels, and historical events. Each entry is followed by newsy information such as working titles of the film, alternate names used by actors, comments about the set, and a list of reviews. Various indexes list films chronologically and by subject, foreign language, personal name, and ethnic category. This important contribution to film history is dedicated to Oscar Micheaux, whose 1919 film provided the title. General and academic readers. G. M. Bataille; Washington State University
Appeared in Library Journal on 1997-12-02:
Any volume in the American Film Institute "Calalog" series is cause for applause and acquisition, and this one‘the first to analyze a specific subject rather than all films in a given time span‘is no exception. To select entries, editors combed previous volumes, Harrison's Reports, The Exhibitor, film archive databases and catalogs, and ethnic newspapers. Included are mainstream films from all genres as well as small-scale, non-Hollywood productions, e.g., Señor Americano (1929), Kol Nidre (1939), and Paradise in Harlem (1940). Entries include title, ethnic group targeted, studio, release date, whether the film was in black and white or color, length, production credits, and cast. Detailed synopses are preceded by the subject, e.g., "Gangster, Biography" for Al Capone (1958) and "African Americans, World War II, Drama" for Home of the Brave (1949). Subsidiary subject entries follow. Where warranted, a Note indicates where the film was made and whether it was a remake, identifies the source of a poem used in the opening credits, or otherwise provides meaningful background. There are periodical review citations and five indexes: Chronological, Personal Name, Subject, Ethnic Category, and Foreign Language. Serious film collections in public and academic libraries will want this work, and general collections interested in multicultural materials may find it useful.‘Kim R. Holston, American Inst. for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters, Malvern, Pa. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Library Journal, December 1997
Choice, January 1998
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The American Film Institute Catalog has won great praise for its comprehensiveness, reliability, and utility. These volumes are an essential purchase for every library, and individual researchers will also find them indispensable. The newest AFI Catalog volume contains over 2500 feature-length films with an emphasis on racial and national ethnic experience in the United States. Included are films from the 1940s and 1950s such as Giant, The Defiant Ones, Gentleman's Agreement, Bright Victory, and Broken Arrow. In addition to traditional "Hollywood" films, independent productions by African-American filmmakers and various ethnic and religious organizations are also given extensive treatments. This is the first of the AFI Catalog series to include films from more than one decade. Along with the film entries are several indexes, including personal names, ethnic group, subjects, and genre. As with other AFI Catalog volumes, full production credits, cast, plot summaries, notes, subject headings, song titles, and bibliographic citations are provided.
Main Description
The American Film Institute Catalog has won great praise for its comprehensiveness, reliability, and utility. These volumes are an essential purchase for every library, and individual researchers will also find them indispensable. The newest AFI Catalog volume contains over 2500 feature-length films with an emphasis on racial and national ethnic experience in the United States. Included are films from the 1940s and 1950s such as Giant, The Defiant Ones, Gentleman's Agreement, Bright Victory , and Broken Arrow . In addition to traditional "Hollywood" films, independent productions by African-American filmmakers and various ethnic and religious organizations are also given extensive treatments. This is the first of the AFI Catalog series to include films from more than one decade. Along with the film entries are several indexes, including personal names, ethnic group, subjects, and genre. As with other AFI Catalog volumes, full production credits, cast, plot summaries, notes, subject headings, song titles, and bibliographic citations are provided.

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