• United States
  • 1930
  • 65 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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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. Borderline, the sole feature of British film theorist Kenneth Macpherson, boldly blends Eisensteinian montage and domestic melodrama, and features Robeson and his wife, Eslanda, as lovers caught up in a tangled web of interracial affairs.

Disc Features

FEATURED ON THE DISC PAUL ROBESON: OUTSIDER WITH THE FEATURE BODY AND SOUL

  • 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

Film Essays

Paul Robeson: A Modern Man

By Clement Alexander Price February 12, 2007

Called by some the Great Forerunner and others the Tallest Tree in Our Forest, Paul Robeson is without peer in the annals of modern American civilization. His was a life rich with intellectual . . . Read more »

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Film Essays

Paul Robeson: A Modern Man

By Clement Alexander Price February 12, 2007

Called by some the Great Forerunner and others the Tallest Tree in Our Forest, Paul Robeson is without peer in the annals of modern American civilization. His was a life rich with intellectual . . . Read more »