• United Kingdom
  • 1935
  • 91 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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  • Spine #372

Seeking out new avenues for his artistry, Paul Robeson moved his family to London in 1928. During the next twelve years, he headlined six British films, pioneering uncharted territory for black actors and reaching a level of prominence unthinkable in Hollywood. Robeson’s first British production, Zoltán Korda’s Sanders of the River, however, ended up being an embarrassment for the actor, its story of an African tribal leader transformed into a celebration of the British Empire.

Disc Features

FEATURED ON THE DISC PAUL ROBESON: PIONEER WITH THE FEATURE JERICHO

  • New, digital transfers created from the best surviving elements
  • True Pioneer: The British Films of Paul Robeson, a new video program featuring interviews with Paul Robeson Jr. and film historians Stephen Bourne and Ian Christie, and including film clips from Song of Freedom (1936), King Solomon’s Mines (1937), and Big Fella (1937)
  • 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 »