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"Probing perhaps more deeply than ever before into American racial practices." — The Nation

Baldwin’s personal reflections on movies gathered here in a book-length essay are also an appraisal of American racial politics. Offering an incisive look at racism in American movies and a vision of America’s self-delusions and deceptions, Baldwin challenges the underlying assumptions in such films as In the Heat of the NightGuess Who’s Coming to Dinner, and The Exorcist.

Here are our loves and hates, biases and cruelties, fears and ignorance reflected by the films that have entertained us and shaped our consciousness. And here too is the stunning prose of a writer whose passion never diminished his struggle for equality, justice, and social change.


  • Item Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0307275957
  • ISBN-13: 9780307275950
  • Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Publisher: Vintage (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
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