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      The Black Emperor of Broadway

      2020 1 hr. 37 min. Biography History Drama TRAILER for The Black Emperor of Broadway: Trailer 1 List
      Reviews 86% Fewer than 50 Ratings Audience Score Charles S. Gilpin becomes the first African American actor on Broadway when he lands the lead role in Eugene O'Neill's "The Emperor Jones." Read More Read Less Watch on Peacock Stream Now

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      Audience Member Charles S Gilpin was one of the first black dramatic actors on Broadway, originating the title role of the Emperor Jones in 1920. This film explores the tensions between Gilpin and Eugene O'Neill and some of the racial tensions underlying the production. Shaun Parkes (particularly known to Dr. Who fans) gives an intense and nuanced performance, marred mostly by poor lighting. As the darkest member of the cast, Parkes is rarely lit full-face, so the audience is robbed of much of his expression. Not so for Nija Okoro, who gives an excellent performance as Gilpin's first wife, Florence. Okoro portrays the love, frustration, and anguish of her character with a lively and intelligent humor, and is consistently well-shot. John Hensley's Eugene O'Neill is alternately egotistical and bombastic. Nick Moran gives a likeable performance as actor Jasper Deeter, Gilpin's main foil. The location scenes of and around Provincetown are rich and atmospheric, and Arthur Egeli's direction makes the most of the screenplay. "The Black Emperor of Broadway" relates a significant moment in the history of the American theater and the ongoing Black struggles for respect and authority. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review michelle c Wow. I did not expect to find such a good biopic on Amazon prime. The Black Emperor of Broadway is about black actor Charles Gilpin during the 1920's. He was a broadway actor (the first or among the first) working alongside the son of the Eugene O'Neil Theatre in the role of "Brutus," which would go on to bring him massive fame across the industry. This is an incredible story that I wish I'd known sooner. He was eventually inducted into the The American Theatre Hall of Fame in 1991, 61 years after his death. Wow again. How many black actors paved the way & fought to change the narrative through their work - so long ago? I highly recommend this film to get understanding of the complexities Charles had holding himself together on this level. The film is shot in a sort of theatrical type lens and really draws in with a deep and complex storyline. This is not your average race film, as you will surely feel for and understand the plight of every character. The writer of the play & his wife, Brutus, the girlfriend, the other actors - just all of it- A+. I loved it. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Katie Smith-Wong Flick Feast The Black Emperor of Broadway should have been able to highlight racism and social awareness through its narrative. Despite its solid performances, a lack of clarity only serves to confuse, rather than educate, audiences. Rated: 2/5 Sep 15, 2020 Full Review Alan Ng Film Threat I recommend The Black Emperor of Broadway because of the importance of Charles Gilpin's story and accomplishments, and the presentation of the battle between a writer's words versus the dignity of the actor saying those words. Rated: 7.5/10 Sep 10, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Charles S. Gilpin becomes the first African American actor on Broadway when he lands the lead role in Eugene O'Neill's "The Emperor Jones."
      Arthur Egeli
      Ian Bowater
      Production Co
      Vision Films
      Biography, History, Drama
      Original Language
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Sep 15, 2020
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