Making his feature film debut, Paul Robeson collaborated with one of the great black American filmmakers Oscar Micheaux to make the silent Body and Soul. Playing dual roles of an escaped prisoner and the Reverend Isaiah T. Jenkins, Robeson offers a glimpse of the star quality he would later become famous for.
As the film had been originally released on the circuit that served African-American filmgoers, it was for many years under appreciated. When it was re-released and screened at the New York Film Festival in 2000 it finally achieved the reputation it deserved, taking its rightful place in American film history.
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