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Explorations in Ethnic Studies
To say that The Autobiography of Miss Jane Dubois is an exciting new departure in the venerable art of autobiography does not do full justice to the work under review here. Nor is it sufficient to say that in giving us this study of human life, producer Alan Hertzberg proves that works of integrity and high purpose can be crafted by the video artist, holding out the promise that if it would, American television could lift itself from the slough of mediocrity in which it has ever wallowed. What makes this twelve- chapter study an unforgettable experience is Jane Dubois herself, the young black woman from New York City whose life we ”watch“ unfold over the course of three hours.
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