Refining Perceptions of Commercial and Independent Black Films

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Long Island University, The Brooklyn Center, 2008 - 49 pages
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This thesis examines the current perceptions of commercial and independent black films. I discuss these perceptions and how they overlook the cinematic conventions used by black filmmakers in their films. The films analyzed in this thesis determine the following: (1) whether or not the films fit the space they have been assigned and (2) whether or not the conventions utilized by black filmmakers help black communities. The analysis of the films has allowed me to observe the gray area that exists in black cinema where the current perceptions of commercial and independent black films are refined. The refining of these perceptions shows the thin line between commercial and independent black films.

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