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Three Good Black Films in One DVD!
on March 9, 2008
I love race films. Race films gives me a chance to discover unknown black acting talents who may have been overlooked. Race films are the only films that blacks were able to play people from all walks of life and be versatile and not be stereotypes.
You get four movies for the price of one really. All the films are about an hour long. Their all worth while watching, the quality is pretty good compared to whats out there.
The Duke Is Tops - Lena Horne's debut movie. I liked the entertainment in this film. It was truly great black entertainment. The acting didn't do much for me.
Spirit of Youth - This film is very enjoyable, its worth an hour to watch. Its basically about a seductress, a vamp played excellently by Mae Turner who is trying to ruin Joe Louis boxing career. Everyone in this movie gives effective performances, Mae Turner stood out the most to me. She was an excellent black actress, who was a pro at playing cold, evil women you love to hate (move out the way Bette Davis). She never had a career in Hollywood movies but in race films she was a familar face, only in race films was where she able to display her art. The entertainment in the film is tops. If you don't like the acting in race films, then you'll love the entertainment, black entertainment was know as being the best of all entertainment back then.
The Black King - A preacher and activist who is both crooked and inspiring convinces his people to leave America and go back home to Africa where they can be powerful and free. He becomes a leader of his people but at the same times takes advantage of their trust. Vivian Baber is a wonderful, becoming, graceful actress, she reminds me of Bette Davis in her early years. A.B. Comathiere gives a humourous, colorful performance as he always does.
I didn't watch the other film on the collection. Why was a 70's movie added, why not add another race film? I think anyone who buys this collection will enjoy it.