[Washington, D.C.] : Library of Congress, c1993.
1 videocassette (80 min.) : sd., b&w ; 1/2 in. + 1 pamphlet ( p. ; 18 cm.)
Library of Congress video collection ; 5
Videocassette release of: the 1st work: 1926 silent motion picture ; the 2d work: 1923 motion picture.
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Rare silent films with new piano scores.
1st work: story by David Starkman ; directed by Frank Peregini ; 2d work: produced by Lee De Forest.
1st work: Harry Henderson, Lucia Lynn Moses, Norman John Stone, Ann Kennedy, William E. Pettus ; 2d work: Eubie Blake, Noble Sissle.
1st work: In no film was the racial theme more apparent than in this story about an ill-matched marriage between a black concert pianist and a poor, lower class young black woman. Secretly ashamed of her, the young man keeps his wife hidden from his socially-prominent middle-class mother. Despite the melodrama, it is a strong statement on the issues of class and the color caste system which existed within the African-American community, as well as probing questions of ambition and authority.
2d work: The short was shot in Lee De Forest's New York studio with his sound-on-film process in 1923, four years before Hollywood began to experiment with sound. Pianist Eubie Blake joined by his partner Noble Sissle performed their 1918 composition "Affectionate Dan" and a jazzed-up spiritual.
Sound short Sissle and Blake.