The Green Pastures (1936)
Average Rating: 6.6/10
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Release Date: Jul 16, 1936 Wide
Average Rating: 3.5/5
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The Green Pastures began life as a group of "revisionist" Biblical stories titled Ol' Man Adam and His Chillun, written in exaggerated Negro dialect by white humorist Roark Bradford. These Old Testament stories were purportedly told from the point of view of an elderly black Sunday School teacher, who translated the Biblical prose into words that his congregation ("untutored black Christians" was Bradford's description) could readily understand. Thus, "De Lawd" behaves very much like a Southern
Jul 16, 1936 Wide
Jan 10, 2006
Warner Home Video
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Recreates various Sunday school stories from the Old Testament that's told in a spirited manner in the lingo of the rural southern Negro.
It's all ridiculous, of course, but in an open-hearted, naïve sort of way it's an oddly captivating achievement.
There can be no questioning the uplifting moral fiber of the tales, the infectious spirit of its music, or the genuine affection brought to their parts by the actors involved.
All African-American cast in dated but powerful religious drama.
Fine film version of the play with Rex Ingram in a brilliant central performance as God.
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