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Ivan Dixon's 1973 film, The Spook Who Sat by the Door, captures the intensity of social and political upheaval during a volatile period in American history. Based on Sam Greenlee's novel by the same name, the film is a searing portrayal of an American Black underclass brought to the brink of revolution. This series of critical essays situates the film in its social, political, and cinematic contexts and presents a wealth of related materials, including an extensive interview with Sam Greenlee, the original United Artists' press kit, numerous stills from the film, and the original screenplay. This fascinating examination of a revolutionary work foregrounds issues of race, class, and social inequality that continue to incite protests and drive political debate.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xiii
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  1. Introduction: The Spook Who Sat by the Door
  2. Michael T. Martin and David C. Wall
  3. pp. 1-24
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  1. 1. Writer/Producer’s Statement: The Making of The Spook Who Sat by the Door
  2. Sam Greenlee
  3. pp. 25-27
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  1. 2. “Duality is a survival tool. It’s not a disease”: Interview with Sam Greenlee on The Spook Who Sat by the Door
  2. Michael T. Martin and David C. Wall
  3. pp. 28-59
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  1. 3. Cinema as Political Activism: Contemporary Meanings in The Spook Who Sat by the Door
  2. Marilyn Yaquinto
  3. pp. 60-91
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  1. 4. Persistently Displaced: Situated Knowledges and Interrelated Histories in The Spook Who Sat by the Door
  2. Samantha N. Sheppard
  3. pp. 92-120
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  1. 5. Subverting the System: The Politics and Production of The Spook Who Sat by the Door
  2. Christine Acham
  3. pp. 121-133
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  1. 6. The Spook Who Sat by the Door, Screenplay
  2. Sam Greenlee and Melvin Clay
  3. pp. 134-196
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  1. Appendix A: Press Kit
  2. pp. 197-204
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  1. Appendix B: National Film Registry Entry, The Spook Who Sat by the Door
  2. pp. 205-210
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  1. Appendix C: Sam Greenlee: Biography and Select Bibliography
  2. pp. 211-214
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  1. Appendix D: Ivan Dixon: Biography and Select Filmography
  2. pp. 215-220
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 221-226
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