The Ultimate Collection for Race Movie Fans
If you are a Race Movie fan, then you’ll want to own The Harlem Collection. This special DVD set contains 30 race films made between 1932 and 1948.
The Importance of Race Movies
Race Movies are films that were made specifically for African-American audiences during a time when movie theatres were segregated. The cinematography in these movies is less than stellar, because they were made by directors on shoestring budgets. But these movies are entertaining and historically important.
Race Movies were the first films to depict Black people on the movie screen with more depth and realism. Since these movies were made in people's homes and in the surrounding community, they also offer glimpses into African-American life and the concerns of the time.
Biggest Collection of Race Movies Available on DVD
The Harlem Collection is the largest collection of Race Movies in one DVD set. No one else offers this extensive a movie selection for one, low, competitive price containing all-Black cast dramas, musicals and comedies.
Oscar Micheaux Films and Black Western
Oscar Micheaux is the most famous Black Director from this time. The Harlem Collection contains
four of his movies - "God's Step Children", "Underworld", "Swing" and "Lying Lips." It also has one of the few Black western movies ever made, "Harlem Rides the Range", starring Herb Jeffries.
Early African-American Movies
Since these movies were made specifically for Black audiences by Black film directors, they provide an excellent look at early African-American movie entertainment.
During the early years of moviemaking, Black actors and actresses were relegated to subservient roles in Hollywood produced films. Race movies provided an opportunity for them to escape these negative stereotypes and play roles that better reflected their talent and culture.
Enjoyable for African-American Cinema Fans
Fans of Black cinema history will like The Harlem Collection because it is the only DVD set of its kind focused on early Black cinema. Because the producers of these movies had to make them on very limited budgets, they don’t have fancy cinematography, but they are still entertaining.
Today, race films offer us a glimpse into an time in movie history that was uniquely African-American. The Harlem Collection is a wonderful treasury of these films.
The names of the movies in this collection are:
- Burlesque in Harlem (1949)
- Broken Strings (1940)
- Big Timers (1945)
- Beware (1946)
- Blood of Jesus (1941)
- Duke is Tops (1938)
- Double Deal (1939)
- Dirty Gertie From Harlem U.S.A. (1946)
- Dark Manhattan (1937)
- God’s Step Children (1938)
- Go Down Death (1944)
- Girl in Room 20 (1942)
- Gang War (1940)
- Hi De Ho (1947)
- Harlem Rides the Range (1939)
- Jivin’ in Be Bop (1946)
- Juke Joint (1947)
- Junction 88 (1947)
- Look Out Sister (1948)
- Lying Lips (1939)
- Mistaken Identity (1941)
- Murder in Harlem (1935)
- Moon Over Harlem (1939)
- Paradise in Harlem (1939)
- Reet, Petite and Gone (1947)
- Sepia Cinderella (1947)
- Sunday Sinners (1940)
- Swing (1938)
- The Black King (1932)
- Underworld (1937)
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