#2. Paul Robeson: Portraits of the Artist
Actor, singer and activist (also football star, lawyer and State Department blacklistee) Robeson was a unique figure in '20s, '30s and '40s American popular culture: a smart, gifted black man who saw nothing unusual in asserting himself and paid the price for it. He was also the first black movie star to break free of servile stereotypes. Mostly, this was in English films, though he was also a sensation in Oscar Micheaux's Body and Soul and the screen version of Eugene O'Neill's The Emperor Jones. They're all here, supported by a feature-length doc on Robeson's grand and tragic career.
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