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Hallelujah (1929)

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A seductive young woman in a religious community of black sharecroppers manipulates an innocent man into committing murder. Although reflecting its era's racism, this film is a remarkable attempt to depict black life realistically and sympathetically. Shot as a silent, with sound dubbed in later.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Classics , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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Cast

William Fontaine
as Hot Shot
Harry Gray
as Parson
Victoria Spivey
as Missy Rose
Robert Couch
as Johnson Kid
Walter Tait
as Johnson Kid
Milton Dickerson
as Johnson Kid
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Critic Reviews for Hallelujah

All Critics (4)

The inventive director King Vidor reeceived a well-deserved Oscar nomination for making MGM's first all-black feature, shot on locations and later dubbed for sound.

Full Review… | July 6, 2011
EmanuelLevy.Com

It's best looked at as an historical curiosity that gives one an idea of the African-Americans beginnings in the Hollywood movie before even the race films.

Full Review… | May 4, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Vidor's gaze can be condescendingly paternal.

Full Review… | February 16, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

A milestone on the road that led from Stepin Fetchit to Sidney Poitier to Spike Lee...

January 12, 2006
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Audience Reviews for Hallelujah

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It is admirable that Vidor wanted to show "the Southern Negro as he is" in this historically important, all-black musical film intended for a general audience as an authentic representation of black culture in the 1920s, but it is also unfortunately very condescending and artificial.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Perhaps a little shaky in the narrative department, but the acting and music are some of my all-time favorites. Tyler Perry should take note on how to make a respectable black drama.

Joseph Brown
Joseph Brown

Yeah. Not much to mine of interest here. Blacks on screen! Ooh wow! It's a wee bit condescending.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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