Black and White, a film that was to be made in the former Soviet Union in the 1930s, has managed to elude scrutiny. Perhaps it is because Black and White falls between the cracks of several disciplines (it does not fall under the auspices of Soviet or American film history, diplomatic history, African American History-- yet incorporates all of these fields to a great degree) that it has not been studied extensively by any single one of these areas. There is, however, a great deal to be learned from examining the origins of this film project and the course it ran to its cancellation involving a collaboration between Langston Hughes (famed African American poet), a German film producer/director of the early 1900's, and a Soviet film Company (Mezhrabpom'). The story behind Black and White is an intriguing one that incorporates several elements of American history as well as Soviet, and at a time where the world could be facing a resurgence of Communism in Russia, Black and White's story also appears to be very topical.
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference
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"Lenin and Langston: Black and White in a Red Russia,"
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference: Vol. 1:
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