Oscar Micheaux: The Great and Only: The Life of America's First Black Filmmaker

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Oscar Micheaux was the Jackie Robinson of film, the black D. W. Griffith--a bigger-than-life American folk hero whose important life story has been nearly forgotten today. The son of freed slaves, he roamed America as a Pullman porter before making his first mark as a homesteader in South Dakota--and going on from there to become the king of the "race cinema" industry, producing and/or directing nearly forty films during a time of Jim Crow segregation when African-American artists were not welcome in Hollywood.

In this groundbreaking new biography, award-winning film historian Patrick McGilligan offers a vivid and fascinating portrait of a true pioneer of American culture who was equal parts visionary, hustler, huckster, innovator, and raffish Barnum-like showman--and the first great African-American filmmaker.

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"That rarity of rarities among Hollywood biographies: a full-bodied study of a man and his metier, equally insightful about the life and the art."

Praise for Alfred Hitchcock:"Staggering. illuminating. The Master of Suspense finally gets and authoritative life." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred)

Praise for Alfred Hitchcock:"Magnificently exhaustive, absolutely definitive, marvelously magesterial." -- Los Angeles Times Book Review

Praise for Alfred Hitchcock:"Enthralling, scholarly, and candid." -- Publishers Weekly

"a lively, readable tale" -- New York Times Book Review

Praise for Alfred Hitchcock:"A hugely satisfying portrait of the artist." -- Entertainment Weekly

Praise for Alfred Hitchcock: "Magnificently exhaustive, absolutely definitive, marvelously magesterial..."--Los Angeles Times Book Review

"In the skilled hands of Patrick McGilligan, Oscar Micheaux's life story bristles and takes flight."--Pearl Bowser, author of Writing Himself into History: Oscar Micheaux, His Silent Films and His Audiences

Praise for Alfred Hitchcock: "A hugely satisfying portrait of the artist."--Entertainment Weekly

Praise for Alfred Hitchcock: "Staggering... illuminating... The Master of Suspense finally gets and authoritative life."--Kirkus Reviews (starred)

"An enormously moving and compelling account of a quixotic life defined by arduous toil and perpetual optimism."--Directors Guild Association Quarterly

"McGilligan has made this incredible, half-forgotten life newly available to us all."--The Guardian

Praise for Alfred Hitchcock: "Enthralling, scholarly, and candid."--Publishers Weekly

"a lively, readable tale"--New York Times Book Review

"a well researched, passionately felt and endlessly fascinating look at a singular American life."--Kirkus Reviews

"McGilligan deftly assembles the sterling research of scholars of early black filmmaking into an enormously moving and compelling account of a quixotic life defined by arduous toil and perpetual optimism."--DGA Quarterly

McGilligan deftly assembles the sterling research of scholars of early black filmmaking into an enormously moving and compelling account of a quixotic life defined by arduous toil and perpetual optimism. --DGA Quarterly"

a well researched, passionately felt and endlessly fascinating look at a singular American life. --Kirkus Reviews"

McGilligan has made this incredible, half-forgotten life newly available to us all. --The Guardian"

An enormously moving and compelling account of a quixotic life defined by arduous toil and perpetual optimism. --Directors Guild Association Quarterly"

In the skilled hands of Patrick McGilligan, Oscar Micheaux s life story bristles and takes flight. --Pearl Bowser, author of Writing Himself into History: Oscar Micheaux, His Silent Films and His Audiences"

a lively, readable tale --New York Times Book Review"

Praise for Alfred Hitchcock: Staggering illuminating The Master of Suspense finally gets and authoritative life. --Kirkus Reviews (starred)"

Praise for Alfred Hitchcock: Enthralling, scholarly, and candid. --Publishers Weekly"

Praise for Alfred Hitchcock: Magnificently exhaustive, absolutely definitive, marvelously magesterial --Los Angeles Times Book Review"

Praise for Alfred Hitchcock: A hugely satisfying portrait of the artist. --Entertainment Weekly"

McGilligan does a fine job of reaffirming Micheaux's significance beyond the appreciation of cineastes.--Publishers Weekly

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Micheaux's saga is unique among Hollywood backstories. The son of freed slaves, he grew up in the homesteading communities of South Dakota. After working as a Pullman porter, he was inspired by Jack London to write fiction, and soon began an entrepreneurial career successfully publishing a series of his own autobiographical novels. Then, in 1919, he formed his own film production company after Hollywood failed to bid high enough for film rights to his stories. He would go on to produce or direct twenty-two silent and fifteen sound films in his lifetime, becoming the king of the "race cinema" industry at a time before black-produced films could be shown in white-owned theaters.Part visionary, part raffish Barnum-like showman, Micheaux would buck the odds throughout his life. He made a fortune and lost it again, launching repeated con games that were followed by public arrests and bankruptcies. He also eagerly took credit for the work of others - including his unsung-heroine wife; in his desperate later years, as McGilligan reveals here for the first time, he even sunk to plagiarising his final novel.

In this searching exploration, McGilligan tracks down long-lost financial records, unpublished letters, and unmarked pauper's graves, pinpointing his birthplace, his tangled personal life, the circumstances of his tragic death. The result is an epic that bridges a fascinating period in American and cultural history.

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