Screening | Body and Soul

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 7:00pm

Reviving and Reviewing the “Race Film”

Co-presented by Wolf Humanities Center and Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Pennsylvania in collaboration with Lightbox Film Center at International House Philadelphia.

This series revisits so-called “race films”: works of independent African American cinema produced from the 1910s to the 1940s. The afterlives of these  flms are manifest in their recurring religious themes, the vexed politics of their preservation and restoration, and their creative in influence on later  filmmakers.


Body and Soul (Oscar Micheau, 1925, 102 min)
Paul Robeson plays both the saintly Sylvester Jenkins and his ex- con brother, the “Reverend” Isaiah, who wows the church ladies with his oratory, then sullies their virgin daughters and makes off with their life savings. Featuring a new soundtrack by DJ Spooky.

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Wed Feb 7 2018 @ 7:00pm, International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut Street.
Free and open to the public. Pre-registration requested: wolfhumanities.upenn.edu

Cinema Studies Program
209A Fisher-Bennett Hall ⋅ 3340 Walnut Street ⋅ Philadelphia, PA 19104 ⋅ (215) 898-8782