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Cabin in the Sky (DVD)
Hollywood’s first all-black film since The Green Pastures tells the vibrant fable of rascally Little Joe, torn between the love of his good wife Petunia and the wiles of good-time bad-girl Georgia Brown...and caught in a tug-of-war between emissaries from the Lord and Satan. How can virtue triumph over evil? Well, as Petunia says, “Sometimes when you fight the devil, you gotta jab him with his own pitchfork.” Debuting movie director Vincente Minnelli (An American in Paris, Gigi) and stars Ethel Waters, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Lena Horne, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington are more than a match for the devil in this musical treasure. With a soundtrack of dazzling standards, including “Taking a Chance on Love” and “Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe,” Cabin in the Sky is a joyous classic.]]>
- Vintage Pete Smith Specialty short "Studio Visit"
- Louis Armstrong "Ain't It the Truth" audio-only outtake
- Theatrical trailer
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I appreciate that there is an introduction included with the movie to educate folks of certain stereotypes that were added in the movies during the era. Great music & dancing!!
The DVD contains a good print and a very good commentary, split between 2 academics, Eddie Anderson's daughter, Fayard Nicholas of the famed Nicholas Brothers and Lena Horne herself. The best commentator explores all the subtexts of the film in the context of the history of the black American. Only Drew Casper grates with his usual breathless repetitive delivery.
The DVD also contains a lengthy audio outake of Louis Armstrong which is great listening, an MGM short which contains Horne's version of "Ain't it the Truth" sung in a bubble bath (far too sexy for public consumption at that time) and the original theatrical trailer.
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It is a favorite movie. Disappointed.