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    Temptation (Micheaux Film Corporation, 1935). Lobby Card (11" X 14"). An important figure in the early days of the movies, Oscar Micheaux was the first black director to produce a feature length film (The Homesteader in 1919), and the first black director to release a feature-length sound film (The Exile, 1931). A leading independent cinema pioneer, he specialized in films with all-black casts, and labored to combat racism and promote high values and high achievements to black audiences through his movies. His film, Within Our Gates (1920) was made as a specific response to D. W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation (1915), a movie that was seen as largely racist due to its positive depiction of the Ku Klux Klan. Micheaux produced more than 40 films between 1919 and 1948 in a variety of genres, and is seen today as a vital force in the development of motion pictures. Offered here is a lovely lobby card from Temptation, a film about a young model (Ethel Moses) who tries to go straight after getting involved with a notorious gangster (Andrew Bishop). The card has pinholes in the corners, chips in the tops corners, a bend in the bottom right, and minor staining in the top and right borders, and in the image area. It is, however, a very attractive card from a very important filmmaker. Fine/Very Fine.

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