Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
|Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson|
|Directed by||Ken Burns|
|Produced by||Paul Barnes
|Written by||Geoffrey C. Ward|
|Narrated by||Keith David|
|Music by||Wynton Marsalis|
|Edited by||Paul Barnes
|January 17, 2005|
220 Minutes (DVD version)
Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson is a documentary by filmmaker Ken Burns based on the nonfiction book of the same name by Geoffrey C. Ward (2004). In Burns' signature style the 220-minute film serves as a biography of Jack Johnson, the first African-American Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World, as well as a documentary of racism and social inequality during the Jim Crow era against which Jack Johnson lived in defiant opposition.
The documentary was first broadcast on PBS in two parts on January 17 and January 18, 2005. The film is narrated by Keith David and features a soundtrack by Wynton Marsalis and Samuel L. Jackson as the voice of Jack Johnson. Alan Rickman also contributed his voice to the documentary.
The film was produced by David Schaye, Paul Barnes and Ken Burns (Executive Producer) for Florentine Films.
The Great White Hope, Howard Sackler's 1967 dramatization of Jack Johnson's life.
- The Hollywood reporter: Volume 395. 2006
- About time: Volumes 32-34. 2004, page 12.
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