The Exile

The Exile

Directed by Oscar Micheaux • 1931 • United States
Starring Eunice Brooks, Stanley Morrell, Nora Newsome

THE EXILE is the earliest surviving sound feature by an African American filmmaker. Director Oscar Micheaux responds to the arrival of sound with a change in his visual style, indulging in lengthy dialogue exchanges with few cuts and minimal camera movement. Much of Hollywood went through this same stylistic regression during the dawn of sound, until they wrestled themselves free of the restrictive technology of filming with synchronized audio.

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The Exile
  • The Exile

    Directed by Oscar Micheaux • 1931 • United States
    Starring Eunice Brooks, Stanley Morrell, Nora Newsome

    THE EXILE is the earliest surviving sound feature by an African American filmmaker. Director Oscar Micheaux responds to the arrival of sound with a change in his visual style, indulging in len...

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  • The Films of Oscar Micheaux

    Professor and film scholar Charles Musser provides an overview of the career of the radical, trailblazing black director Oscar Micheaux (whose work is featured in “Pioneers of African American Cinema”), including the reasons behind the limited accessibility to his oeuvre.