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The Navigator


Trylon Microcinema & Friends Of The Cemetery present Buster Keaton's NAVIGATOR Saturday, May 23rd, 2015, at sundown.

Like many movies from that time (& now), this contains offensive
racist imagery. It also contains some early film portrayals of
Black Americans which aren't stereotypical. Keaton, unlike Lloyd
& Chaplin, hired Black actors & paid them at the same rate as
whites. Noble Johnson, one of the Black leads, was a friend of
Keaton's & a film producer himself.

(from Johnson's wiki page):

The Lincoln Motion Picture Company, in existence until 1921, was an all-black company, and the first to produce movies portraying African-Americans as real people instead of as racist caricatures (Johnson was followed into the race film business by Oscar Micheaux and others). Johnson, who served as president of the company and was its primary asset as a star actor, helped support the studio by acting in other companies' productions such as 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1916), and investing his pay from those films in Lincoln.


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