Saul J. Turell

Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist

Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist

Saul J. Turell's Academy Award-winning documentary short Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist, narrated by Sidney Poitier, traces his career through his activism and his socially charged performances of his signature song, "Ol' Man River."

Film Info

  • Saul J. Turell
  • United States
  • 1979
  • 30 minutes
  • Color
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • English

Special Features

FEATURED ON THE DISC PAUL ROBESON: ICON WITH THE FEATURE THE EMPEROR JONES

  • New digital transfer of The Emperor Jones, created from the best surviving elements
  • Audio commentary for The Emperor Jones by historian Jeffrey C. Stewart
  • Our Paul: Remembering Paul Robeson, a new video program including interviews with filmmaker William Greaves and actors Ruby Dee and James Earl Jones
  • Robeson on Robeson, a new interview with Paul Robeson Jr. about his father's career and art
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

Available In

Collector's Set

Paul Robeson: Portraits of the Artist

Paul Robeson: Portraits of the Artist

DVD Box Set

4 Discs

$79.96

Special Features

FEATURED ON THE DISC PAUL ROBESON: ICON WITH THE FEATURE THE EMPEROR JONES

  • New digital transfer of The Emperor Jones, created from the best surviving elements
  • Audio commentary for The Emperor Jones by historian Jeffrey C. Stewart
  • Our Paul: Remembering Paul Robeson, a new video program including interviews with filmmaker William Greaves and actors Ruby Dee and James Earl Jones
  • Robeson on Robeson, a new interview with Paul Robeson Jr. about his father's career and art
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist
Cast
Sidney Poitier
Narrator
Paul Robeson
Himself
Credits
Director
Saul J. Turell
Screenplay
Saul J. Turell
Editing
Donald P. Finamore
Associate producer
Jessica Berman

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