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A Separate Cinema: Fifty Years of Black Cast Posters

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Long before there was a Spike Lee or a John Singleton there was a black cinema. Independent race movies for black audiences thrived alongside the stereotypical Hollywood vehicles for black actors until the end of the 1940s. John Kisch and Edward Mapp’s A Separate Cinema: Fifty Years of Black Cast Posters is a chronicle of both strains with an illuminating essay by the noted black-cinema historian Donald Bogle and a fascinating array of posters. B+