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Militant Blax: Screening Revolution in the Films of Oscar Williams, Christopher St. John, and Ivan Dixon

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings - With ISBN/ISSNChapter (peer-reviewed)

Published
Publication date01/2019
Host publicationAfrican American Cinema Through Black Lives Consciousness
EditorsMark A. Reid
Place of PublicationDetroit, Michigan
PublisherWayne State University Press
Pages101-119
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9780814345504
ISBN (Print)9780814345481, 9780814345498
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This contribution covers overlooked entries in “Blaxploitation” cinema of the 1970s that took an overtly political stand against white racism, exploring their contradictory relationship to blaxploitation’s conventions and tropes (its apolitical themes, macho characters, and action-crime story-lines and aesthetics). In highlighting how these more militant films were distinctive formally and thematically for their nihilistic and death-bound understanding of resistance and revolt, this work also details the attendant struggle their directors had in gaining funding for their projects—including the experience of state interference in the making and exhibiting of their films.