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Within Our Gates (1920) - Oscar Micheaux Silent Film

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Abandoned by her fiancé, an educated negro woman with a shocking past dedicates herself to helping a near bankrupt school for impoverished negro youths. Within Our Gates was produced and directed...

Who wrote the music? Do anyone know?
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1 dislike? Looks like D.W. Griffith has a youtube account.
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Wow, Thank you for uploading this very rare film!
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Thank you for uploading this! I have to watch it for school and can't find it anyhere!!
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I spent 13,000 dollars in 2011 on tuition for two quarters in a well known film/art institute in Salt Lake City, UT. When I asked the professor of the film history about Oscar Micheaux. He had only heard of but never seen any of Oscar Micheaux work. I started looking for another school. Amazing work. I wonder if Oscar and Sophia Stewart have any thing in common?
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Rather hard story line to follow but gripping from start to end: but surely it cannot be the first and last of its kind as stated above.
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THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS UPLOAD!
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Before Richard Wright and Native Son, there was Oscar Micheaux. Oscar Micheaux is the first Best Selling Black Author in America and we all know he was the first Black Filmmaker too. The Censors rejected WITHIN OUR GATES twice! Not one of my favorite films, but very important nonetheless.
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Absolutely stunning that a print of this film still exists . . . and it could be loaded online; thank God for YouTube!!!!
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This was great to watch. To see the society of African Americans in this era is amazing. Oscar Micheaux is the most determined independent director that, perhaps, has ever made a film. He got it done against tremendous odds and produced good work to boot. I'm not sure if folks exist like that anymore.
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By the way, I do realise that William Keighley, King Vidor, Andrew Stone and Vincente Minnelli were not black, as were most of the people in higher-paid posts on other aspects of production. I also appreciate that black performers and labourers were shamefully treated by many of the studios. My point was in regard to all-black casts in feature films. Robert Smith
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"Your self image is so powerful it unwittingly becomes your destiny." Oscar Micheaux
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And to think this film is nearly 100 years old. Well, its 2012 so that would make this film 92 yrs old. AMAZING!!!!!!
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Speechless. Thank you for uploading this.
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Amazing film; noticed a lot of things in this can be related to certain things going on today.
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God bless you for posting this!! More people should know about Oscar Micheaux's work.
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thank you for downloading this rare film
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Delighted to see these rare films become generally available. Have read about Micheaux and other early black film makers, but apart from big studio films such as HALLELUJAH, CABIN IN THE SKY, GREEN PASTURES, STORMY WEATHER etc, they have been impossible or very hard to see unless one lives in the US or major cities or is old enough to have seen them on first release. Keep up the good work! Robert Smith
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A classic historical gem, thank you riverbends1
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someone needs to restore this...
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Thank you for uploading Micheaux's film!! If it wasn't for you it wouldn't be accessible to the public. Thank you! !
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I understand the film is still incomplete as many scenes depicting abuse and murder were excised by the US film board prior to release.
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Thank God this isn't a race. Who cares who is first? Hopefully, they are all drummajors for great future cinematography.
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Anyone notice the lady who walks past and keeps looking at the actors staring at 19:41, she appears again at 19:58 and keep turning to look at the scene. I guess no one saw black people in front of a movie camera before.
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Oh my goodness, I've been wanting to see this forever! Thank you so much for the upload!
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@maj1216 is it really lost??? I was hoping to find a copy online in the public domain. I just learned about his work today. Disappointed.
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I wish that someday, Oscar Micheaux's lost film, 'The Homesteader' is found. It would be a great find. It's great knowing there are still as many as there are available, but you can't help but want to see his first film. Thanks for uplading this and other films you have uploaded, to make it so more people can learn of this man and his films, and to maybe lead their way to the 'race film' genre, in general. Not many people are familiar it existed.
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An interesting film. Thanks so much for sharing it.
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I really want to thank you for sharing these classic Oscar Micheaux films. It's a wonderful resource for those of us who are old film buffs and also interested in the African-American contribution to cinema. I first heard of Micheaux from watching the old documentary "Midnight Ramble" and have been wanting to see some of his films, ever since. :-)
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