BOOK REVIEW / Paperbacks: A Separate Cinema by John Kisch and Edward Mapp, Orion pounds 9.99

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Long before Whoopi Goldberg and Eddie Murphy hit the mainstream, when whiteness was still prerequisite to Hollywood success, 'black' cinema was sidelined as an industry and art-form on its own. Introduced by Spike Lee, this eye-opening history documents the rise and fall of black films, and is abundantly illustrated with more than 200 posters. This one advertised a 1932 movie by Oscar Micheaux who cast many of his stars for their 'high yellow' skin colour.