The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

Body and Soul: Kino Lorber’s Pioneers of African-American Cinema

Ends March 4th

Just as he was forging a career for himself on Broadway (in Eugene O’Neill’s All God’s Chillun Got Wings and The Emperor Jones), Paul Robeson 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, one a Bible-thumping, alcohol-sipping, sexually-predatory minister and the other an ordinary working man, both vying for the affection of a young woman who is trying to abide by the misguided wishes of her devout mother.

Part of Kino Lorber’s Pioneers of African American Cinema, a one-of-a-kind collection of the works of America’s legendary first African-American filmmakers which includes digital restorations of over a dozen feature films, plus shorts, fragments, trailers, documentary footage, archival interviews and audio recordings.

Directed by Oscar Micheaux | 1925 | 93 minutes | United States | English

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