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Hallelujah

Format: DVD     Release Date: 01/10/2006
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Hallelujah! was, for its time, an impressive achievement. Director King Vidor, anxious to make a "personal" project for the impersonal @MGM studios, proposed to film a spiritual story set in the deep South with blacks as the main characters. The Texas-born Vidor was familiar with certain particulars of African-American life, having witnessed the mass baptisms and religious ceremonies of the employees of his father's lumber mills. @MGM, concerned that it would lose the "bigot trade," balked until Vidor offered to direct Hallelujah without salary. The decision to film on location was problematic: talking pictures had just come in, and the existing equipment was not ideally suited for exterior scenes. Vidor elected to film most of the picture silent, then post-dub the sound once he returned to the studio; with very few exceptions, the resulting synchronization (a "maddening" process, according to Vidor) was quite convincing. The plot may seem a trifle condescending in the light of heightened racial sensitivities (even the director admitted this), but in 1929 it was considered the ultimate in realism. Nina Mae McKinney plays a voluptuous young woman who disrupts the stability of a black sharecroppers' community. Daniel L. Haynes co-stars as an impressionable young man who is moved to manslaughter for the sake of McKinney. He is saved from himself when he embraces religion (hence the title). True to @MGM's predictions, Hallelujah ran into resistance from southern exhibitors (and not a few northern ones), who were fearful that "too many" blacks would be attracted to their theatres. This problem was solved by a loose network of independent exhibitors who were willing to give the film a try; once the big-time theatre chain owners realized that the film would draw a mixed, rather than exclusively black, clientele, they were more receptive to the film. Still, Hallelujah was more a critical than a financial success. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Disc #1 -- Hallelujah

1. Credits [1:29]
2. Cotton Fields [3:27]
3. Banjo Dance [3:10]
4. Celebration Temptation [3:58]
5. Lullaby and Good Night [2:49]
6. Waiting at the End of the Road [4:19]
7. Where the Money Goes [3:55]
8. Swanee Shuffle [5:09]
9. Crap Game [4:40]
10. Sore Loser [3:19]
11. Deadly Stray Bullet [3:17]
12. Mourning Spunk [4:12]
13. Angel of the Lord [5:34]
14. Zekiel the Prophet [4:25]
15. Train to Hell Revival [7:57]
16. River Baptisms [4:09]
17. Proposing to Missy Rose [5:14]
18. Chick Handles Hot Shot [2:32]
19. Boxing With the Devil [2:30]
20. Revival of Attraction [4:18]
21. Chick's Two Men [6:06]
22. Death in the Woods [5:02]
23. Swamp Pursuit [3:30]
24. Going Home [4:39]
  • Format: DVD
  • Release Date: January 10, 2006
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Region: 1
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Length: 100 minutes
  • Sound: dd1
  • Format: Black & White
  • Discs: 1
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • UPC: 012569676763
  • Product ID: 2555869
  • Genre: Drama

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