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New trend in black cinema

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Movies like “This Christmas,” “Why Did I Get Married?” and “Daddy’s Little Girls” don’t depend on action, explosion and computer generated images (CGI) to bring in the audience. They use conversation, emotions, everyday issues that strike a chord with the audience.

Instead, Preston A. Whitmore’s surprise hit “This Christmas” – which opened last month and has grossed nearly $40 million – tells the story of a large and bickering African-American family reunited for the first time in four years for the Christmas holiday. What makes the movie so refreshing is its unabashed old-fashioned sensibility. In this age of newer, bigger, better and louder, Whitmore has offered up a kind of mini-revolution, with a plain-spoken, warmhearted comedy-drama about recognizable people overcoming everyday problems.

But will this golden age in Black cinema continue?

“Unfortunately, in the African-American cinema world, if in fact one thing is successful, they make 10 of them,” argues Reedus. “And that’s what burns out the audience. Right now everyone is looking for something like ‘This Christmas,’ whereas they should be probing other African-American stories.”

Gabrielle Union, however, takes umbrage at the question. “I think it’s kind of like asking Steven Spielberg if people are going to get bored with seeing his movies,” she says. “People have been making black-centered movies for a long, long time. As long as there are people of color, I don’t think it will ever go out of style.”

Read the entire article at San Jose Mercury


Written by Symphony

December 18, 2007 at 8:14 am

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