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13 October 1930 (UK) See more »
A negro woman having an adulterous affair with a white man causes his wife to go mad and re-enforces the towns-folk's prejudice against Negroes. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Seeing Paul Robeson and his wife, Eslanda, in Borderline was an interesting Avant Garde exercise See more (10 total) »


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Paul Robeson ... Pete - a Negro
Eslanda Robeson ... Adah - a Negro Woman
Hilda Doolittle ... Astrid (as Helga Doorn)
Gavin Arthur ... Thorne - Her Husband
Charlotte Arthur ... The Barmaid
Blanche Lewin ... The Old Lady
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Winifred Ellerman ... (uncredited)

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Kenneth MacPherson  (as Kenneth Macpherson)
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Kenneth MacPherson (written by) (as Kenneth Macpherson)

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Bryher MacPherson .... producer
Kenneth MacPherson .... producer
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63 min
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Seeing Paul Robeson and his wife, Eslanda, in Borderline was an interesting Avant Garde exercise, 18 February 2014
Author: tavm from Baton Rouge, LA

I recently got a DVD collection of selected Paul Robeson movies from my local library to borrow and I picked this one to view first since it's Black History Month and I wanted to maintain the chronological order (for the most part) of reviewing such films during that month. Anyway, this one was a bit unusual not only because of the subject matter but also because it employs what was considered Avant Garde at the time with lots of close-ups not only of faces but also objects which may (or not) aid in the plot structure. Also appearing is Paul's wife, Eslanda, whose role seems important here. I said seems because if I didn't read the synopsis on this site, I wouldn't have known what the movie was about! The images-not to mention the lack of intertitles-confused me much of the time though I admit they're quite beautiful and intriguing. And the modern jazz score by Courtney Pine adds a modern sensibility that was awesome. Still, this wasn't a very coherent narrative. But on that note, I do recommend Borderline just so you could experience something different if you'd like...

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