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Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898–1971

Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898–1971

“Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898–1971” tells this story through seven galleries and themes:

  • “Introduction” considers the social and political situation of Black Americans at the dawn of cinema in the United States.
  • “Early Film” looks at the representation of Black people in cinema from 1897 to 1915.
  • Pioneering independent Black filmmakers such as Oscar Micheaux and films made for Black audiences from the 1910s to the 1940s are examined in “Race Films.”
  • “Music and Film” takes stock of Black music in American film, from Black musicals to the lost art of the “soundie.”
  • “Stars and Icons” shines a light on Black stardom.
  • “Freedom Movements” documents a set of cinematic stories and careers born in changing times and politics.
  • “Agency” tracks Black directors’ daring and pioneering paths during the civil rights movement.

Among the over 225 original objects on view in “Regeneration,” visitors will encounter film excerpts, photographs, scripts, drawings, costumes, moviemaking equipment, posters and original contemporary artworks.

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures exhibition, “Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898–1971,” will be on view through Apr 9, 2023, in Los Angeles.

In addition to its daytime hours, the The Academy Museum is open until 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

This is ideal for those who are unable (or unwilling) to visit museums by day.

#EveryMuseum in America could be open late at least once a month.


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