Body and Soul (1925)
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Critic Reviews for Body and Soul
A concise, skillful recounting of the story of the Jewish people and their connection to the land of Israel.
One of the revelations of this 1924 feature by pioneer black filmmaker Oscar Micheaux is that, in contrast to the faltering technique and garbled film syntax of his sound pictures, he was stylistically assured as a silent director.
Robeson radiates the roguish charm and dangerous looming ferocity of a master con man with a scary streak of violence. Like his singing, Robeson's acting has stature. It is larger than life.
Audience Reviews for Body and Soul
Narratively ... weird. Interesting performances, even for a 1920's silent film. Robeson possesses an oddly contemporary swagger (I haven't seen his other films, yet).
Pretty fascinating film. The ending is a bit odd, but in class we found a number of reasons why it might not suck.
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