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Oscar Micheaux (novel)
Oscar Micheaux (screenplay)
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9 November 1925 (USA) See more »
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A minister is malevolent and sinister behind his righteous facade. He consorts with, and later extorts from... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Paul Robeson ... Rev. Isaiah T. Jenkins / His Brother Sylvester
Marshall Rogers ... Speakeasy Proprietor (as Marshall Rodgers)
Lawrence Chenault ... Yello-Curley' Hinds - the Phony Reverend's Former Jailmate
Chester A. Alexander ... Deacon Simpkins - a Church Elder
Walter Cornick ... Brother Amos - a Church Elder
Lillian Johnson ... 'Sis' Caline - a Pious Lady
Madame Robinson ... 'Sis' Lucy - a Pious Lady
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Tom Fletcher ... (uncredited)
Mercedes Gilbert ... Martha Jane - Her Mother (uncredited)
Julia Theresa Russell ... Isabelle - the Girl (uncredited)
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Directed by
Oscar Micheaux 
 
Writing credits
Oscar Micheaux (novel "Body and Soul")

Oscar Micheaux (screenplay)

Produced by
Oscar Micheaux .... producer
 

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102 min (TCM print)
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Film debut of Paul Robeson.See more »
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Featured in Black Shadows on the Silver Screen (1975) (TV)See more »

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6 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Can these old bones live?, 5 May 2003
Author: Prof_Lostiswitz from Cyberia

Its nice to see there was a Black director (Micheaux) with the gumption to take on difficult themes (like a crooked preacher and sexual abuse). Unfortunately his mastery of technique wasn't very good; this movie resembles the sort of thing D.W. Griffith was doing in 1913, both in form and tone (cf. A Girl and her Trust). Cinema had evolved by 1925.

There is one great comic sequence that is worth the price of the movie, an over-the-top sermon (on the valley of dry bones) in which the whiskey-guzzling preacher has his congregation in such ecstasy that they do what looks suspiciously like break-dancing. Robeson, usually the good guy, here proves that he is equally adept at playing a sleazebag when required. There is a similar "sermon" in The Blues Brothers that was surely inspired by this one. The comical stereotypes would normally cause us to cry "racism", but this movie was made by and for blacks.

Body and Soul explores serious issues and has moments of great fun, but is mainly of historical interest.

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