"Twoness" in the Style of Oscar Micheaux: J. Ronald Green
Many critics and historians have been impressed by Oscar Micheaux's long, productive career. Micheaux produced over thirty independent feature films, as well as seven long novels, released over three decades. Few critics, however, have respected his work, and most would probably agree with James Nesteby, who has said in his work, Black Images in American Films, that the films are "racked by uneven talents and close budgets."} Nevertheless, I have been attracted to Micheaux's work since I first saw Ten Minutes to Live about ten years ago, and I am aware of other filmmakers and critics, such as Ken Jacobs and Thorn Andersen, who appreciate his films.