In the 1920s-50s, many movie theaters in the United States were segregated. And, not surprisingly many black patrons wanted to watch black films....and so a small industry sprang up of films with all-black casts. While the films often are interesting to watch, I must admit that technically speaking, most of these movies I've seen are pretty bad....with lousy acting, direction and production values. The first of these films to be released with sound was 1931's "The Exile"...a film with much more historical value than entertainment value.
The film is about a man who is interested in doing something positive with his life. His girlfriend, however, is purely interested in money and soon opens a speakeasy...while he leaves to go out west to be a rancher. Once out west, he falls for a lady...but he decides to break it off, as he's a light-skinned black man and she's apparently white. He's worried how folks will treat him if they marry...not realizing that she is actually a light-skinned person just like him. So, he makes the mistake of traveling back east...where tragedy strikes when he hooks up with his old girlfriend.
The acting in this film is pretty bad most of the time. The sound quality is also not particularly good. So what does the film have going for it? Historical value...but not much more.
Drama / Romance
Drama / Romance
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A young man named Jean in post-World War I Chicago falls in love with a beautiful girl named Edith. He proposes to her, but realizes that she's involved in the rackets and won't leave them, so he goes back home to South Dakota, where he becomes a successful rancher. There he falls for a white girl, but guilt drives him back to Chicago, where he runs into Edith again, and they agree to marry. When Edith is later found murdered, Jean is blamed for the crime. —[email protected]
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March 30, 2022 at 12:30 AM