Within Our Gates (1920)
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This was great to watch. To see the society of African Americans in this era is amazing. Oscar Micheaux against tremendous odds directed and produced this movie. First African-American filmmaker. Way ahead of its time in 1920.
It’s definitely an important piece of film history and Micheaux deserves praise for tackling racism at that time, but I’m sorry, this movie is bad. The story and the editing are a complete disaster. The “twist” near the end is ridiculous in its execution; out of a mediocre soap opera. And the character of Efrem is as much of a stereotype as other black characters in movies of the same time.
Watch it if your curious, but don’t expect much.
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This movie ranks #1 in Slate's The Black Film Canon
This movie ranks #8 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #77 in Library of Congress's National Film Registry
This movie ranks #178 in Silent Era's The Top 300 Silent Era Films
This movie ranks #234 in Paul Rotha's Silent but Not Forgotten