Independent filmmaker Oscar Micheaux’s searing portrayal of racism in America is an intense experience and an essential one for any student of film history. Micheaux pulls no punches and covers everything from drawing room racism to lynchings.Continue reading “Fun Size Review: Within Our Gates (1920)”
An intense and controversial picture that deals with racism, lynching, crime and melodrama, this is the earliest surviving feature film from pioneering director Oscar Micheaux. Not an easy film to watch but a necessary one.
Paul Robeson makes his film debut in this Oscar Micheaux melodrama. Robeson plays dual roles: a horrible convict posing as a preacher and his sweet twin brother, a would be inventor. Micheaux’s signature pointed social commentary is on display in this rare surviving film from his silent career.