Monday, January 30, 2012

2/1/12 two great films

Body and Soul by Oscar Micheaux 1925
starring Paul Robeson, one of Micheaux's 3 surviving silent films.

Blood of Jesus by Spencer Williams 1941
starring Spencer Williams, Cathryn Caviness and featuring members of Reverend R.L.
Robinson's Heavenly Choir who sing the gospel music score.

2 American "race films." This was a genre of films made for Afro American audiences with all black casts. They were made outside of Hollywood. Out of about 500 made, fewer than 100 still exist.