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.

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Critic Reviews for Hallelujah

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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.

Jul 6, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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.

May 4, 2006 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Vidor's gaze can be condescendingly paternal.

Feb 16, 2006 | Full Review…

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

Jan 12, 2006

Audience Reviews for Hallelujah


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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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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