The Green Pastures (1936)
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Critic Reviews for The Green Pastures
The Green Pastures is a simple, enchanting, audience-captivating all-Negro cinematic fable.
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.
[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.
Weren't the children of the Sunday school scene adorable? Weren't the Spirituals inspiring? And above all wasn't Rex Ingram -- divine?
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