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Toms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mammies, and Bucks: An Interpretive History of Blacks in American Films

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Completely updated to include the entire twentieth century, this new fourth edition covers all the latest directors, stars, and films including Summer of Sam, Jackie Brown, The Best Man, and The Hurricane. From The Birth of a Nation--the groundbreaking work of independent filmmaker Oscar Micheaux--and Gone with the Wind to the latest work by Spike Lee, John Singleton, Denz ...more
Paperback, Fourth Edition, 480 pages
Published October 24th 2001 by Bloomsbury Academic (first published 1973)
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A solid interesting introduction to the use of stereotypes in American film. I was lucky enough to meet Bogle and listen to him lecture to a small class of students (my prof was a friend). He was a delight to listen to. I would recommend this book heartily. As an aside, I got to meet Butterly McQueen (who played Prisy in GWTW) not long after. I have to confess that the reason I read the book in the first place was because I took a class on using black film as a teaching tool.
A really good historical outline of different common roles for black characters in film, as well as some information on the lives of many black stars. Very thorough and straightforward, and interesting as well. Bogle also does a good job of showing how some of the stereotypical roles have continued in different ways over the years, and ways that each category of role has been adapted to fit sentiments during given decades. Definitely recommended if you're interested in learning more about black ...more
Braden Scott
Excellent and thorough documentation of american cinéma, however, i would have enjoyed a cross-textual analysis with theoretical and political writings from the times of the filmic releases. The book would have been too big for this, i fear. For an historical text read, it is superbe.
Apr 11, 2007 Serenity rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Must have for anyone who is in entertainment.

Donald Bogle is a film historian who gives you an inside look at the stereotypes of African Americans in film from Birth of a Nation until the present.

This is a MUST have!!!

I am always referring and quoting this book!

This book groups black film roles into five basic categories and traces them across time driving home the point that not much has changed since Birth of a Nation in 1915. It definitely gets in your head when you are trying to watch any movie with a black actor in it.
Erica Freeman
Donald Bogle taught a class I took on African-Americans in film and television in grad school...wasn't crazy about him, personally, but he did some valuable work especially where the late Dorothy Dandridge is concerned.
samuel johnson
Bogle loves movies. I mean this guy breaks them down. He puts up a good argument. I may have to agree that hollywood will not cast a Black person in a big budget film outside of these established roles.
The atrocities and stereotypes that still exist today in Hollywood in relation to African-American actors and actresses. The struggle still continues and is veiled by blockbuster dreams.
An excellent book on African American Film. Highly recommended for anyone who needs to teach on the topic and has a greater than general interest in the topic.
Bryanna Drake
Great insight on the typecasting of African American actors
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