There are people whose story is famous and becomes immortal the moment it is lived. There are others instead, like Oscar Micheaux, whose life only becomes a model for many after being forgotten. Considered the true pioneer of the African-American film industry, the king of “race films,” Micheaux was largely forgotten by the time of his death in 1951. His notoriety reappeared only at the end of the 1980s. The most successful African-American director of the first half of the 20th century, Oscar Micheaux has written, directed, and produced more than 44 films and 6 novels. The story of Oscar Micheaux is a long, complex and fascinating adventure to be rediscovered.

Runtime: 1h 19m • Italy (subtitled)

About Il Cinema Ritrovato

Every summer, the Cineteca of Bologna presents a film festival of restored films, early silent cinema, and director’s portraits, called Il Cinema Ritrovato. Described as “pure heaven for cinephiles,” the festival features films from all over the world.

The Music Hall is partnering with the University of New Hampshire to bring a number of films from Il Cinema Ritrovato to New Hampshire for a unique film festival.


Fri., March 25 • 4pm
Cleo de 5 à 7 (1962 • 1h 29m • France)

Fri., March 25 • 7pm
L’Inferno (1911 • 1h 5m • Italy)

Sat., March 26 • 3pm
Solo Sunny (1980 • 1h 45m • East Germany)

Sat., March 26 • 7pm
I Vitelloni (1953 • 1h 48m • Italy)

Sun., March 27 • 1pm
I Vitelloni (1953 • 1h 48m • Italy)

Sun., March 27 • 4pm
Oscar Micheaux – The Superhero of Black Filmmaking (2021 • 1h 19m • Italy)