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"The Scar of Shame": Skin Color and Caste in Black Silent Melodrama

Jane Gaines
Cinema Journal
Vol. 26, No. 4 (Summer, 1987), pp. 3-21
DOI: 10.2307/1225187
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1225187
Page Count: 19
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Abstract

This essay uses "Scar of Shame", a silent film with an all-black cast, to consider the way in which melodrama addresses the disenfranchised. In addition, the film is situated in the race and class context of urban America in 1927 in an attempt to theorize the black spectator in history.

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