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The Green Pastures (1936)




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In this film, Old Testament stories are told from the point of view of a black Sunday School teacher; the Biblical prose is translated into words that his congregation could readily understand. Rex Ingram is nothing less than brilliant as De Lawd, speaking the most ludicrous of lines with dignity.

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Rex Ingram
as De Lawd
Oscar Polk
as Gabriel
George H. Reed
as Mr. Deshee
Abraham Gleaves
as Archangel
James Fuller
as Cain the Sixth
George Randol
as High Priest
Ida Forsythe
as Noah's Wife
Ida Forsyne
as Mrs. Noah
William Cumby
as Abraham/Head Magician/King of Babylon
Billy Cumby
as King of Babylon
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Critic Reviews for The Green Pastures

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (4)

[Rex Ingram] doubles ably as Adam and the Prophet Hezdrel.

October 18, 2019 | Full Review…

The Green Pastures is a simple, enchanting, audience-captivating all-Negro cinematic fable.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

Constructed as a series of Sunday School Bible stories linked by spirituals, it has enormous charm in its folklorish fancies... What is offensive is the way in which the depths of plangent suffering that inspired the spirituals are totally ignored.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

[It's] hard not to like the simple and gratifying theology of [Pastures] as much as anything about it. It has concreteness and gives one a nostalgic feeling that it ought to be true and that if it isn't we are all, somehow, obscurely the worst for it.

May 21, 2003 | Full Review…

Weren't the children of the Sunday school scene adorable? Weren't the Spirituals inspiring? And above all wasn't Rex Ingram -- divine?

December 9, 2020 | Full Review…

This is all a lot of tommyrot, as the only thing it is keeping with is the white man's idea and desire to see the poor black man in rags, squalor, and privation.

July 9, 2020 | Full Review…

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