“Body and Soul” an Oscar Micheaux classic. A minister (Paul Robeson) is malevolent and sinister behind his righteous disguise: he consorts with – and later extorts from – the owner of a gambling house, and betrays an honest girl – driving her and himself into ruin.
Synopsis: A nightclub singer refuses to “date” customers, so she’s framed for the murder of her aunt, convicted of the killing, and sent to prison. Her friend Benjamin, a police detective, sets out to find the real culprit and exonerate her. Starring Edna Mae Harris and Robert Earl Jones (the father of James Earl Jones)… Continue reading “LYING LIPS”
In this silent film, Eve Mason (Iris Hall) learns of her grandfather’s death, leaves her small Southern town and travels west to inspect her newly-inherited land. With help from her neighbor, Hugh Van Allen (Walker Thompson), she arrives at her grandfather’s homestead. When the self-loathing Jefferson Driscoll (Lawrence Chenault) learns that Van Allen’s property sits… Continue reading “THE SYMBOL OF THE UNCONQUERED”
In this early silent film from pioneering director Oscar Micheaux, kindly Sylvia Landry (Flo Clements) takes a fundraising trip to Boston in hopes of collecting $5,000 to keep a Southern school for impoverished black children open to the public. She then meets the warmhearted Dr. Vivian (William Smith), who falls in love with Sylvia and… Continue reading “WITHIN OUR GATES”