The Emperor Jones

The Emperor Jones

DVD - 2003
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A cunning manipulator takes control of a Caribbean island and declares himself emperor.
Publisher: Chatsworth, CA : Distributed by Image Entertainment, c2003.
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE DRAMA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (76 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: O'Neill, Esther 1851-1916.

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ManMachine
Jun 15, 2015

(*Attention! Spoiler Alert!*)..... If nothing else - This 1933 movie certainly gave me a very clear picture of just how much blacks hate blacks. And, with that out in the open - I now believe that their deep-rooted racism against each other is far worse than any prejudice that the likes of whites could ever dish out towards them.

Featuring a 95% black cast - The Emperor Jones not only had blacks (with black slaves) selling other blacks to whites as slaves - But it also showed me just how willing and ready a black man was to womanize, as well as cheat and kill another black just for the sake of a lousy buck.

Filled to overflowing with black stereotypes galore, such as - Shoe-shine boys, voodoo worshippers (praising a white god), and dice-crazy gambling-addicts - I'm actually very surprised that no scene featuring a watermelon-eating contest was included here to round off this totally racist equation completely.

Considering that this film is now 82 years old - I was also very shocked to hear how often blacks (not whites) used the N-word to address their fellow black brothers in the most hateful and humiliating way imaginable.

All-in-all - I found The Emperor Jones to be one of the most ugly and distasteful movie-experiences (regarding in-your-face racism) that I've seen in a mighty long time.

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swyckl
Oct 30, 2013

Produced in 1933. It presents the old racism attitudes of USA towards the black. It shows how they are limited in the type of work they are allowed to do. Lots of singing. If you like musicals you will like this old movie.

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