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Friday, September 13, 2013

Body and Soul (1925)


Just as he was forging a career for himself on Broadway, Paul Robeson (The Emperor Jones, All God's Chullin Got Wings) appeared in this film by the enterprising Oscar Micheaux. No other film in the director's career so vividly represented his cynical view of clergymen as greedy manipulators of the vulnerable. Robeson stars as twin brothers, on a Bible-thumping, alcohol-sipping, sexually-predatory minister and the other an ordinary working man, both vying for affection of a young woman who is trying to abide by the misguided wishes of her devout mother.