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A struggling actor Hoffman secretly cross-dresses as a woman to land a role in a daytime soap opera—and gets too good at the deception. Buy, rent or watch Tootsie. Buy, rent or watch The Godfather. Gena Rowlands gives one of the most emotionally charged performances in the history of cinema as a housewife experiencing a nervous breakdown. Peter Falk costars as the husband driving her around the fabled bend. She is one my great influences.
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From the s thru the mids many films were made with all African-American casts for distribution to black cinemas and all-black audiences. These inexpensive but heartfelt little gems spanned all genres -- musical, dramatic, western, comedy and even horror -- and give a fascinating peak today inside a culture and world that has been largely overlooked by history. Some Black features, cartoons, shorts and musical Soundies from the s have been put together into Black Heritage Programs for theaters and film societies. All films are available in DVD-R format. Some come with musical shorts or cartoon extras, as noted below, or as double features.
The race film or race movie was a film type produced entirely in the United States between about and the early s, consisting of films produced for an all- black audience, featuring black casts. In all, approximately five hundred race films were produced. Of these, fewer than one hundred remain. Because race films were produced outside the Hollywood studio system , they were largely forgotten by mainstream film historians until they resurfaced in the s on the BET cable network. In their day, race films were very popular among African American theatergoers.