The Betrayal (1948)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Early Black Cinema  |   Run Time - 183 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Legendary African-American filmmaker Oscar Micheaux was generally able to transcend the shabby production values of his films with sincerity and good intentions. The Betrayal is blessed with a workable premise: Black farmer Leroy Collins struggles with the onus placed on him by Society when he falls in love with a white woman. The dialogue scenes are uninvolving, but the exterior shots of Collins vainly trying to cultivate his failing land are well handled. Betrayal was produced in the waning days of the all-black film industry. It would turn out to be the final effort of Oscar Micheaux, who died in 1951.



cross-cultural-relations, discrimination, gangster, hideout, love, missing-person, racism, runaway [from home], struggle, violinist