The Green Pastures

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Movie Info

In this film, Old Testament stories are told from the point of view of a black Sunday School teacher; the Biblical prose is translated into words that his congregation could readily understand. Rex Ingram is nothing less than brilliant as De Lawd, speaking the most ludicrous of lines with dignity.

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Critic Reviews for The Green Pastures

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (3)

  • [Rex Ingram] doubles ably as Adam and the Prophet Hezdrel.

    October 18, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The Green Pastures is a simple, enchanting, audience-captivating all-Negro cinematic fable.

    March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
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  • Constructed as a series of Sunday School Bible stories linked by spirituals, it has enormous charm in its folklorish fancies... What is offensive is the way in which the depths of plangent suffering that inspired the spirituals are totally ignored.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Tom Milne

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  • [It's] hard not to like the simple and gratifying theology of [Pastures] as much as anything about it. It has concreteness and gives one a nostalgic feeling that it ought to be true and that if it isn't we are all, somehow, obscurely the worst for it.

    May 21, 2003 | Full Review…
  • It's not easy to make a "divine comedy"... This miracle occurs nonethless in The Green Pastures. [Full review in Spanish]

    October 18, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Green Pastures does not portray the idea of heaven of "thousands of quaint Negroes in the South.'' It doesn't portray the idea of Negroes anywhere, or of any class.

    October 18, 2019 | Full Review…

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