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April 23, 2022

BODY AND SOUL — THE CRITERION COLLECTION

COLE SMITHEY

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ColeSmithey.comWriter-director Oscar Micheaux’s 1925 silent melodrama comes alive with a modern musical score by Paul D. Miller.

Add to this Jim Crow-era film’s inventive time-flipping structure, interracial familial underpinnings, a pair of identical twins (played by Paul Robeson), and you’ve got a hefty social study told from a visionary African-American filmmaker.

Paul Robeson gives a larger than life performance.

Wow.

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The hard-luck story speaks to societal problems that still face America in the 21st century.

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"Body and Soul" is not a small cinematic gem; it is a magnificent diamond. 

Not Rated. 102 mins.

5 Stars

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