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Eslanda Goode Robeson in Borderline
1930
H.D. Papers

Eslanda Robeson’s only film appearance was as “Adah” in Borderline, an avant-garde silent film directed by Close-up magazine editor Kenneth Macpherson. She starred alongside her husband, Paul Robeson, and with the poet H.D., who also produced and edited the film. Borderline explores a variety of societal “borderlines” through its marginal and outcast characters, including issues of race, economy, and psychology. The racial issues the film considered, including a love affair between a white man and a black woman, were quite radical for the time; the director promised, “this race presentation will be no palliative for the decadent palate.”1

1 Borderline, film program,
privately printed, 1930.

 

 

 

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