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Oscar Micheaux and Leo Frank: Cinematic Justice Across the Color Line

Matthew Bernstein
Film Quarterly
Vol. 57, No. 4 (Summer 2004), pp. 8-21
DOI: 10.1525/fq.2004.57.4.8
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/fq.2004.57.4.8
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Oscar Micheaux and Leo Frank: Cinematic Justice Across the Color Line
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Abstract

Abstract This essay analyzes, for the first time, Oscar Micheaux's selective use of unmistakable details from the notorious, racially charged Mary Phagan/Leo Frank 1913 murder case for narrative material in his 1936 film Murder in Harlem. Readers thus gain new insights into Micheaux's creativity and use of public history.

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