dir. Oscar Micheaux, 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.
Remarks after the film by Joseph Coppola, PhD candidate in English & Cinema and Media Studies. He holds affiliations at the Annenberg School for Communication and Penn Law, and is a contributor to Turner Classic Movies.