• United States
  • 1925
  • 79 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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  • Spine #371

Although the 1920s brought him acclaim as a stage actor and singer, Paul Robeson still had to prove himself as a viable screen performer. Mainstream avenues were limited, however, and his first films were made on the peripheries of the film business. Body and Soul, directed by the legendary African American filmmaker Oscar Micheaux, is a direct critique of the power of the cloth, casting Robeson in dual roles as a jackleg preacher and a well-meaning inventor.

Cast

Reverend Jenkins/Sylvester Paul Robeson
Sister Martha Mercedes Gilbert
IsabelleJulia Theresa Russell
Yellow "Curley" Hinds Lawrence Chenault
Negro in businessMarshall Rodgers
Brother Amos, church elder Walter Cornick
Deacon Simpkins Chester A. Alexander
Sis' Ca'line Lillian Johnson
Sis' LucyMadame Robinson

Credits

DirectorOscar Micheaux
Directed, written, and produced byOscar Micheaux

Disc Features

FEATURED ON THE DISC PAUL ROBESON: OUTSIDER WITH THE FEATURE BORDERLINE

  • New, digital transfers of Body and Soul and Borderline created from the best surviving elements
  • Audio commentary for Body and Soul by Oscar Micheaux historian Pearl Bowser
  • Musical scores by jazz recording artists and composers Wycliffe Gordon (Body and Soul) and Courtney Pine (Borderline)
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

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