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also known as Blek end uayt

Black and White1933

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  • 4.1
This early effort by master Soviet animators Ivan Ivanov-Vano and Leonid Amalrik offers a devastating and concise picture of racism in America. The film’s moral outrage is inseparable from its graphic precision. BLACK AND WHITE makes especially forceful use of symbols: the minister’s cross and foreman’s whip are pictured as complimentary implements of control, while images of lynching and electric chair take an even grimmer view of oppression. Paul Robeson’s interpretation of “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child” provides a fittingly mournful soundtrack.



Member Reviews (6)

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Really simplistic Soviet propaganda film. The Paul Robeson soundtrack is great, but I don't know about the tribute to Lenin at the end. Yes, racism is bad, but this cartoon's message isn't very enlightening.


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The message certainly isn't subtle in this animated Russian artifact, which functions as a stern Soviet-style scolding of American race relations. Yet despite its heavy handedness, there's something utterly appealing in the dreamlike, disjointed animation and the soulful, melancholy song is a perfect match for the weighty subject matter. Highly recommended and definitely worth two and a half minutes of your time.


Technological animation was enjoyable. Purpose of the movie was over my paygrade. I would take a wild guess and say that since badmouthing the Soviet Gov at the time was not encourage the writer was using the american black slave thing be a proxy for a veiled complaint about the Russian worker.