Hallelujah (1929)

Passed   |    |  Drama, Musical

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A sharecropper decides to become a preacher after falling for a vamp from the city.




  • Daniel L. Haynes and Victoria Spivey in Hallelujah (1929)
  • Daniel L. Haynes and Nina Mae McKinney in Hallelujah (1929)
  • Daniel L. Haynes and Nina Mae McKinney in Hallelujah (1929)
  • Fanny Belle DeKnight in Hallelujah (1929)
  • Daniel L. Haynes and King Vidor in Hallelujah (1929)
  • Hallelujah (1929)

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5 September 2001 | jimkis-3
| I really enjoy this film.
This film, despite its early talkie crudities, is one of the best religious dramas ever filmed in my opinion. It gets better with each viewing, as you discover more and more nuances in the script and the filmmaking as well. The performances of the leads are stellar -- especially Daniel J. Haynes in the lead. And Nina Mae McKinney is fabulous as "Chick" -- a seductress who tempts Haynes on so many different levels -- subverting and perverting his religious fervor to mold to her pure carnal lust. The spirituals are stirring; the story, though somewhat maudlin, is compelling and quite plausible. The revival scenes are both uplifting and moving. Forget that it was the first "all-black" musical or drama or whatever...it holds it place as a fine film...and doesn't need to be pigeonholed as a historical or "race" period piece. Bold, brave...and ultimately reverent...this is a true film classic.

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