The Hidden History of Hollywood - Research Film Studio (CD or LA)

Subject associations
CHV 385 / AAS 385 / VIS 385 / COM 308
Fall 2023
Erika A. Kiss
Registrar description

This course surveys a hidden canon of African American film and also uncovers the roots of representational injustice in Hollywood and the secret, but cardinal role Woodrow Wilson played in the production and distribution of Griffith's "The Birth of a Nation" that led to the rebirth of the KKK. Wilson's policy of segregation was adapted by Hollywood as a self-censoring industry regulation of representation. Black people could only appear on screen as subservient and marginal characters, never as equals, partners or leaders. This industry code, Wilson's legacy, has become second nature to Hollywood.