Green Pastures [VHS]
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The memorable scenes are too numerous to record, ranging from the powerful (De Lawd, in plantation-owner finery, strolling through heaven, chanting "Has you been redeemed? Has you been baptized?...") to the hilarious (the angel Gabriel, putting his lips to the horn, as he anticipates De Lawd's wrath).
A wonderful family film.
But as the film progressed and the simple, beautiful vision plays out, it's like the stories triumphs over all the 1930s Hollywood prejudice and takes us places few other films ever seem to approach.
Just to clarify the story ... it's supposed to be how one of the black children, hearing the story of Genesis for the first time, envisions it by placing all the Biblical characters in his or her environment. It's charming and funny and just a fine simple entertainment with some wonderful authentic gospel music ... and then ...
... and then Rex Ingram as "Da Lawd" visits earth to find out why men keep praying to him when he's long ago forsaken them. He meets a soldier named Hezdrel (Rex Ingram in another role) who explains how mankind as discoved mercy ... then he marches off to his death, leaving God standing there, stunned by the lesson he has just learned!
Suddenly, it's not funny or sweet any more but a powerful statement of faith ... a faith that overcomes the worst of Hollywood's prejudices and always leaves me gasping for breath as the scene in Heaven dissolves back to the Sunday School class and into one of the greatest single shots in movie history.
This is a great and powerful movie ... and like so many other posters here, I'm begging for somebody to bring it out in DVD ... preferably somebody like Criterion, which would do it right.
The cast is spectacular, the sets charming and beautiful. It tells the story of creation, Adam and Eve, Noah ect, with a child-like simplicity. Often hilarious, sometimes very poignant and moving but always reverent, it illustrates what has given African Americans the strength to survive the tremendous struggles we have faced as a people. A simple, steadfast faith in God, who, for many of us, is as real as the sun, flowers, storms, and just as much a part of our every day lives. It is an awesome movie, and one that I think every one should see, at least once.
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Reflection of the time, so understand it in contexts. A treasure for Black Hollywood history.
This is an excellent classic movie to use in Sunday and family night. Delivery service was great.Published 16 days ago by IkhlasBayyan2010
I found this movie on TV by accident on MLK day - I absolutely LOVED it. I was raised in the Lutheran Church, about 60 years ago, and LOVED how the bible stories were portrayed so... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Elaine Adair
CLASSIC and ahead of its time, LAWD have mercy even white folks bust a gut watching thisPublished 1 month ago by KT
This is inspiring! The acting, the message, the whole presentation is done in such a way, understandable, communicated with dignity.Published 4 months ago by R. Ross
I saw this movie with my parents in 1937, when I was four years of age. Amazed at myself about remembering so much of it. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Bill McConnell
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