Moon over Harlem : Edgar G. Ulmer, the race movies and the New Negro agenda

Source document: Brno studies in English. 2008, vol. 32, iss. 1, pp. [161]-169
Extent
[161]-169
  • ISSN
    1211-1791
Type: Article
Language
English
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Abstract(s)
The following article examines Edgar G. Ulmer's race film Moon over Harlem. It discusses this rare film in the context of Ulmer's career but, more importantly, in the context of the phenomenon of race movies, which, in their day, provided their viewers with a much needed alternative to Hollywood's stock representations of African Americans. It also takes into account the actual situation of the Black urban population during the Great Depression and argues that the reform agenda expressed by means of its main heroes coincides with certain ideals of progressivism and the New Deal reforms and that its principal characters embody the ideal of Alain Locke's New Negro.
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[10] American Matchmaker, the (1940) Dir. Ulmer, Edgar G.

[11] The Black Cat (1934) Dir. Ulmer, Edgar G.

[12] Birth of a Nation (1915) Dir. Griffith, David W.

[13] Bluebeard (1944) Dir. Ulmer, Edgar G.

[14] Dark Manhattan (1937) Dir. Fraser, Harry L.

[15] Detour (1945) Dir. Ulmer, Edgar G.

[16] Exile, the (1931) Dir. Micheaux, Oscar

[17] Gone With the Wind (1939) Dir. Fleming, Victor

[18] Green Fields (1937) Dir. Ben-Ami, Jacob; Ulmer, Edgar G.

[19] Green Pastures, the (1936) Dir. Connelly Marc; Keighley, William

[20] Hallelujah (1929) Dir. Vidor, King

[21] Jezebel (1938) Dir. Wyler, William

[22] Light Ahead, the (1939) Dir. Felt, Henry; Ulmer, Edgar G.

[23] Murder on Lenox Avenue (1941) Dreifuss, Arthur

[24] Natalka Poltavka (1936) Dir. Kavaleridze, Ivan; Ulmer, Edgar G.

[25] Scarface (1932) Dir. Hawks, Howard; Rosson, Richard

[26] Singing Blacksmith, the (1938) Dir. Baratoff, Ben-Zwi; Ulmer, Edgar G.

[27] Sunday Sinners (1940) Dir. Dreifuss, Arthur

[28] Underworld (1936) Dir. Michaeux, Oscar

[29] Way Down South (1939) Dir. Vorhaus, Bernard