New Focus on the Old Guard

Although the angry young men are drawing most of the attention, they aren't the only black directors making movies these days. Other slices of black life are turning up on the screen in mild comedies like Michael Schultz's Livin' Large! and in colorful period pieces like Bill Duke's A Rage in Harlem, based on a 1957 novel by crime writer Chester Himes. The emphasis in these films may be on entertainment, but their directors still try to slip in meaningful messages and positive images. "I'm an American," Duke recently told the Los Angeles Times. "But being a black American, my experience...

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