Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson Reviews
It's beautifully crafted and made with a real passion (and I don't just throw that word around) for Johnson's story and his life. It's certainly long (nearly four hours) but the story is always interesting and this documentary makes it great to watch and learn too. It's a fascinating journey with as many ups and downs as you could ask for. I recommended it to all who have time to spend.
Jack Johnson was the greatest heavyweight champion that ever lived. Ken Burn's excellent documentary chronicles his "rise" and "fall" in two parts, for a total of about three-and-a-half hours. It is one of the best films I have seen about the race divide and color line drawn in America. Johnson's fights weren't just boxing matches; they were race battles between the whites and blacks.
Johnson publicly dated white women. This enraged most white people, and he was branded a target. The white race felt as if they needed to reclaim the heavyweight championship. But he wasn't going down that easily.
Ken Burns has made a lot of documentaries, funded by General Motors, and released by PBS. I have only seen clips of his films on Jazz and Baseball, but I am sure they are just as good (if not better).
A great, moving, inspiring film.