The Negro Soldier (1944)
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For a film that was made in 1944 this film was actually very good I thought. I never realised that such a film had put African Americans in such a bright light. I find it interesting that for a war film the message was told inside a church. I learned some things about what African Americans activities in American History that I had never heard of before such as their involvement in the Revolutionary War or War of 1812. In some ways it did not seem realistic the way which they chose to tell the story such as the lady reading a long letter in the middle of a church service. This film also hardly touches on the Civil War. It practically skipped over the war. The footage was good.
This propaganda film is yet another work from Frank Capra, though he didn't actually direct this one. It was initially made to entice African Americans to join the army during World War II, but surprisingly encouraged men of all races to join up. It is a solid propaganda picture, and helped change the way blacks were portrayed on screen, making them more dignified and less comical or subservient than they had previously been shown. It is clear that chunks of history have been glossed over, but if the plan is to encourage blacks to fight for their country, maybe glossing over, omitting, and rewriting aspects if what their country did to them seems like the way to go. Still the fact that this film showed the positives aspects of black history in a time when they were often overlooked should showcase this film's worth.
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