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http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/cover_story/2016/05/the_50_greatest_films_by_black_directors.html

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The Black Film Canon

The 50 greatest movies by black directors.

By Aisha Harris and Dan Kois


#OscarsSoWhite wasn’t—isn’t—only about a stuffy institution failing to recognize work by people of color. Pushing the industry to allow black filmmakers and actors to tell more substantial stories through high-profile work is a crucial step toward remedying the systematic issues at the heart of this controversy. But it’s not the only step. To change Hollywood, it’s important not only to look forward but to look back.

We must recognize that even with the financial and systemic odds stacked against them, black filmmakers have long been creating great and riveting stories on screen. The academy’s failure may have inspired a memorable hashtag, but that failure is deeply linked to the way nearly all movie fans remember cinematic history. In our never-ending conversation—or argument—about which films deserve to be remembered, which films are cultural touchstones, which films defined and advanced the art form, we habitually overlook stories by and about black people. Consider the many widely regarded lists of the “best films”: the prestigious Sight & Sound once-a-decade critics’ poll, the American Film Institute’s eight different 100 Years … lists, or Richard Corliss’ top 100 for Time. Total number of black-directed films among the 1,000 movies on those lists? Two. As Buggin’ Out (Do the Right Thing, No. 96 on AFI’s 2007 list) would ask, “How come there ain’t no brothers up on the wall?”

These lists are important: They affect the types of movies that self-proclaimed cinephiles and casual viewers alike seek out and watch, and they help define our ideas about whose perspectives matter. The exclusion of blackness from these film canons shapes our expectations about what constitutes greatness in film. And it helps cement the expectation that whiteness is somehow as “universal” in art as so many believe it to be in life.

It’s time to fight the canons that be. Slate asked more than 20 prominent filmmakers, critics, and scholars—including Ava DuVernay, Robert Townsend, Charles Burnett, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Wesley Morris, and Henry Louis Gates Jr.—for their favorite movies by filmmakers of color and used their picks to shape our list of the 50 greatest films by black directors. (That restriction excluded many beloved movies about black people, like Carmen Jones, A Raisin in the Sun, The Wiz, and Coming to America. Many of those films are great and integral to understanding black film history—but this list is about the power of black people telling their stories.) Our goal is to change the way readers think about the history of movies—and to keep the conversation about black storytelling going long after the #OscarsSoWhite fury has dissipated. That controversy and the immediate responses to it—including the academy’s rule changes—only carry us as far as the Dolby Theatre. They don’t change the playing field.

Despite everything, black filmmakers have produced art on screen that is just as daring, original, influential, and essential as the heralded works of Welles, Coppola, Antonioni, Kurosawa, and other nonblack directors. Films like Daughters of the Dust, Killer of Sheep, Tongues Untied, and Fruitvale Station deserve to be considered alongside the artistic masterpieces of the past century in cinema. But you should also consider this list an argument for a broader notion of what constitutes a “great” film—after all, many of the movies that have shaped black culture (and the broader American culture) don’t easily fit into the templates of auteurist, art house, or studio “quality” favored by the typical list-makers. Genre work, micro-budget indies, underground documentaries, comedies starring rappers—it was eye-opening to see what movies our panel of experts chose. (And didn’t choose.) The result: Slate’s Black Film Canon. Read, watch our video supercut, stream an unfamiliar movie or two, argue, and recognize the names on our list for the great filmmakers they are.


Biopic:



Malcolm X

Bessie

12 Years a slave

Fruitvale Station

Selma

Belle



Comedy:



Cooley High

Car Wash

Do the right thing

I like it like that

Losing Ground

Hollywood Shuffle

House Party

Crooklyn

Waiting to exhale

Friday


Documentary:



O.J.: Made in America

Tongues Untied

When the levee broke


Romance:



Belle

Bessie

House Party

Devil in a blue dress

I like it like that

Losing Ground

Love and Basketball

Medicine for Melancholy

Middle of Nowhere

Night catches us

Mo' better blues

Pariah

Their eyes were watching God

Waiting to exhale

Tongues Untied

The Watermelon Woman


LGBTQ:



Pariah

The Watermelon Woman

Tongues Untied

Bessie

I like it like that



Hood:


Boyz in the hood

Car Wash

Cooley High

Juice

Friday


Cannes:


Do the right thing

Fruitvale Station

Timbuktu

Car Wash (yes it won a prize at Cannes)

I like it like that



International:


Timbuktu

Sankofa

Black Girl

Belle

Touki Bouki

Sugar Cane Alley


Sundance:

House Party

O.J.: Made in America

Fruitvale Station

Daughters of the Dust

Middle of nowhere

Just another girl on the I.R.T.

Love and basketball

Night catches us

Pariah

To sleep with anger


Emmy:


Their eyes were watching God

When the levee broke

Bessie


Oscars:

12 years a slave

Selma

Creed

Malcolm X

Timbuktu

Do the right thing

Shaft

Boyz in the hood


Female director:


I like it like that

Selma

Daughters of the dust

Just another girl on the I.R.T.

Bessie

Belle

Eve's Bayou

Losing Ground

Middle of nowhere

Night catches us

The Watermelon Woman

Pariah

Their eyes were watching God

Sugar Cane Alley




Spike:

25th Hour

Do the right thing

Mo' Better Blues

Malcolm X

Crooklyn

When the levee broke




Participants:

Kevin Avery: comedian and podcaster (Denzel Washington Is the Greatest Actor of All Time Period)
Ada M. Babineaux: co-founder of The Black Filmmakers Network
W. Kamau Bell: comedian and podcaster (Denzel Washington Is the Greatest Actor of All Time Period)
Steven Boone: film critic
Todd Boyd: film scholar
Charles Burnett: director (Killer of Sheep, To Sleep With Anger)
Keith Corson: film scholar
Julie Dash: director (Daughters of the Dust)
Ernest Dickerson: cinematographer (Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X) and director (Juice)
Stephane Dunn: film scholar
Ava DuVernay: director (Middle of Nowhere, Selma)
Carl Franklin: director (One False Move, Devil in a Blue Dress)
Henry Louis Gates Jr.: historian
Ed Guerrero: film scholar
Odie Henderson: film critic
Franklin Leonard: founder and CEO of the Black List
Paula Massood: film scholar
Wesley Morris: cultural critic
Gina Prince-Bythewood: director (Love & Basketball, Beyond the Lights)
Dana Stevens: Slate film critic
ReBecca Theodore-Vachon: film critic
Robert Townsend: director (Hollywood Shuffle, The Five Heartbeats)
Floyd Webb: producer (Daughters of the Dust) and director

  

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Get Out belongs on this list n/m
Sep 29th 2021
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As does Watermelon Man
Oct 12th 2021
5
How is Moonlight or Black Panther not here?
Oct 07th 2021
2
I think this list was put out before both of those came out
Oct 07th 2021
3
      You're right
Oct 07th 2021
4

Beamer6178
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1. "Get Out belongs on this list n/m"
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5. "As does Watermelon Man"
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One of the most funny, thought provoking, and sneakily subversive flicks I've ever seen.

MVP was a master.

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The Big ED
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2. "How is Moonlight or Black Panther not here?"
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I mean those seem like pretty big omissions to me but okay

  

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3. "I think this list was put out before both of those came out"
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They still have W. Kuamel Bell listed from his podcast but that show ended like 4 years ago.

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Moonlight premiered in late September of 2016, Black Panther in 2017?.

This list came out in May of 2016.

But those two plus Get Out and Beale Street should be canon as well.

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