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Small Steps - Big Strides: The Black Experience In Hollywood (Full Frame)

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Louis Gossett Jr. takes viewers through a special documentary celebration of the groundbreaking achievements of African-American performers and their contributions to Hollywood filmmaking. Spectacular film clips, rare behind-the-scenes footage, archival photographs and fascinating interviews chronicle nearly a century of tribulation and triumph. Gazing at the outstanding range of African-American stars on today's movie screens, it is hard to imagine a time when there were no black leading men or women, a time when all of the roles available for people of color were considerably less heroic than they are now. Social progress came in small steps on the silver screen, film by film, for equal visibility and dignity on the silver screen; now it is possible to honor their struggles, their talent and their sacrifices. From the jaw-dropping athleticism of dancers like Bill "Bojangles" Robinson and the Nicholas Brothers to the amazing singing of Lena Horne, Ethel Waters and Dorothy Dandridge; from the early comedy routines of the legendary Stepin Fetchit to gripping dramatic moments featuring Paul Robeson and James Earl Jones, this tribute to some of America's greatest entertainers draws from dozens of classic films. Highlights include "Pinky," "No Way Out," "Stormy Weather," "Carmen Jones," "The Great White Hope" - and many more groundbreaking films. Rare footage from studio archives helps tell the inspiring story of performers whose talent and determination would help them surmount all obstacles along the road to success. Featuring exclusive interviews with the Nicholas Brothers, Gregory Hines, Diahann Carroll, Ruby Dee, Bobby Short and Donald Bole, "Small Steps, Big Strides" tells the moving story of African-American entertainers and their accomplishments in Hollywood.

Behind The Scenes Footage, Documentary, Interviews, Photo Gallery.

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Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Color: Other
Original Languages: English
Director: Velma Cato
Duration: 58
Actors: Bobby Short, Diahann Carroll, Gregory Hines, James Earl Jones, Louis Gossett Jr., Ruby Dee
Studio & Production Company: Image Entertainment
Record Label: Image Entertainment
Digital Video Formats: DVD
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 0.50 x 5.50 x 7.44 IN
Release Date: 01/24/2006
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