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Within Our Gates
Artist: Preer, Evelyn
UPC: 00089218671394
Studio: Alpha Video
Genre: Silent Films
Screen: Standard screen
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Product Type: DVD
Released: March 2012
Synopsis: This film is one of the earliest surviving examples of a film by an African American filmmaker. Sylvia Landry is engaged to a black soldier, but her rival Alma Pritchard arranges for him to catch Sylvia in an innocent but compromising situation. No longer engaged, she moves to the South to work as a teacher in an all-black school. When the school has financial problems, she returns to Boston to raise money for it. There, she is befriended by a white doctor, Dr. Vivian, who falls in love with her. In a flashback, her rival tells the doctor how Sylvia lost her family. Sylvia's father was unjustly accused of murder, and her parents were lynched. Micheaux was not a great artist, but his films are important because they dealt with issues that the mainstream "white" studios ignored. The only surviving print of WITHIN OUR GATES was found in an archive in Spain, and the titles had been rewritten in Spanish. When translated back to English, plot points may have been lost. On the other hand, the last third of the film is a haunting flashback to the death of Sylvia's parents. The scenes of the lynch-mob beating one man to death and hanging Mr. and Mrs. Landry are still powerful today, and the film is highly critical of blacks who betray their race to earn favor with the white dominant society.
Additional Information
Rating: NR
Weight: 0.20 lbs
Info: Black & White, Standard screen, Soundtrack English
Detailed Product Description: Video
In Print Date : 2012-02-14
Recording Mode : (unknown)
Noise Reduction : (unknown)
Digital Process : (unknown)
Feature : (unknown)
In Print Date : 2012-02-14
Category : Dramas, Rivalry, Silent, Murder, Blaxploitation, Friendships, Teachers, Soldiers, Love
Original Release Year : 1920
Released By : Alpha Video
Area : USA
Similar Video Release
Director:Oscar Micheaux American Filmmaker/Black
Screenwriter:Oscar Micheaux American Filmmaker/Black
Star:Evelyn Preer American Actress/Silent Era
Star:Flo Clements
Star:Matty Edwards
Co-Star:Ralph Johnson Actor
Star:Charles D. Lucas
Star:William Stark
Release Note: DVD Features: Region [unknown]