Detroit Film Theatre
PIONEERS OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN CINEMA: THE BRONZE BUCKAROO
Saturday, April 22, 2017
3:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre
(USA/1939—directed by Richard C. Kahn)
Influenced by westerns featuring actors like Gene Autry, The Bronze Buckaroo’s African-American cast includes Herb Jeffries as the dashing and brave singing cowboy Bob Blake, and Lucius Brooks as his comic sidekick, Dusty. Despite the fun, the fact that many “race films” of the era were financed and distributed by white businessmen is apparent; here, for example, the darker skinned Brooks’ comic clowning and speech suggests minstrelsy, while hero Jeffries is honorable, sophisticated, quick-witted – and light-skinned. (60 minutes)Admission to this screening is free of charge.
Black History Month programs are made possible by the generous support of Arn and Nancy Tellem.