Gray's new work follows his Blacks in Classical Music and his Black Theatre and Performance: a Pan-African Bibliography. As one reads through the introduction, it is evident that Gray has worked diligently in creating this extensive bibliography. The title is misleading, however, in that only the first 99 pages deal with African sources of information. The next 16 pages cover European cinema and the remaining 382 pages of text are concerned strictly with the African-American film experience. The book contains useful artist, subject, and author indexes to the more than 6,000 entries in this bibliography. An appendix provides helpful lists of film resources, archives, and associations. Many of the 977 items included in Marshall Hyatt's The Afro-American Cinematic Experience can be found repeated in Gray's book. If Hyatt is not already in the collection, then Gray is highly recommended for upper-division undergraduate and graduate libraries.
Blacks in Film and Television: A Pan-African Bibliography of Films, Filmmakers, and Performers is an extensive guide to the black experience both in front of and behind the camera. More than 6,000 entries document global film activity from 1919-1990 (including Africa, Latin America and the United States). It offers bibliographical material on filmmakers and individual artists, and a historical perspective on the black image in film. With four indexes and two appendixes providing supplementary data on reference works and notable film resource centers, this is a valuable reference tool.
This important bibliographic source book indexes articles and books relating to Blacks throughout the world by countries, individuals, and films. General works are also listed. An extraordinary amount of work has gone into the preparation of this volume . . . what is here will prove to be of lasting value to any researcher or scholar studying Black art and culture as they pertain to film and television.
Blacks in Flim and Television consists of over 6,000 bibliographic citations to books, dissertations, unpublished papers, articles, films, videotapes, and audiotapes. The scope is international, and works in most major Western languages are included, though English and French are predominate. . .