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A House Divided. 1927. USA. Alice Guy-Blaché. 35mm. 13 min.
A light domestic vision of marriage directed by one of the industry’s first women directors. Silent, with musical accompaniment.
Within Our Gates. 1920. USA. Written, directed, and produced by Oscar Micheaux. 35mm. 79
This earliest surviving feature by an African American director confronts issues beyond the scope of Hollywood studio productions, and can be seen as a historically valid response to D. W. Griffith’s racist landmark, The Birth of a Nation. Silent, with musical accompaniment.
Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake. 1923. USA. Produced by Lee De Forest for De Forest Phonofilm. 35mm. 3 min.
This musical short featuring the African American jazz duo Sissle and Blake was shot in Lee De Forest’s New York studio with his sound-on-film process in 1923, four years before Hollywood began to experiment with sound.