Oscar Micheaux wrote and directed more than 40 movies between 1919 and 1948. He gave Paul Robeson his first role (in 1924's Body and Soul), he graphically portrayed the racism of post-World War I America (perhaps most shockingly in 1920's Within Our Gates), and he provided a truthful and honest representation of African Americans in an era when stereotyping was a cinematic staple. Micheaux's films were often shown at midnight in segregated theaters, a movie-going experience known to millions as a "midnight ramble." Midnight Ramble, a documentary about Micheaux's extraordinary career, screens at noon today at the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; 314-746-4599 or www.mohistory.org). Admission is free, and you're welcome to bring a lunch or purchase one on site.
Tue., Feb. 12, 2008