Cinema Civil Rights presents the untold history of how Black audiences, activists, and lobbyists influenced the representation of race in Hollywood in the decades before the 1960s civil rights era. Employing a nuanced analysis of power, Ellen C. Scott reveals how these representations were shaped by a complex set of negotiations between various individuals and organizations. Rather than simply recounting the perspective of film studios, she calls our attention to a variety of other influential institutions, from protest groups to state censorship boards.
Scott demonstrates not only how civil rights debates helped shaped the movies, but also how the movies themselves provided a vital public forum for addressing taboo subjects like interracial sexuality, segregation, and lynching. Emotionally gripping, theoretically sophisticated, and meticulously researched, Cinema Civil Rights presents us with an in-depth look at the film industry’s role in both articulating and censoring the national conversation on race.
|Publisher:||Rutgers University Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
ELLEN C. SCOTT is an assistant professor of media studies at Queens College–City University of New York.
Table of Contents
1 Regulating Race, Structuring Absence: Industry Self-Censorship and African American Representability
2 State Censorship and the Color Line
3 Racial Trauma, Civil Rights, and the Brutal Imagination of Darryl F. Zanuck
4. Shadowboxing: Black Interpretive Activism in the Classical Hollywood Era