Paul Robeson: Portraits of the Artist (with 7 Feature Films) (4-DVD)

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DVD Features:

  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 45 minutes
  • Video: Black & White / Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1925
  • Label: Criterion
  • 4-Disc Set
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Mono 1.0 - English
    • Subtitles - English - Closed Captioned

Disc 1: THE EMPEROR JONES (1933)/PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST (1979)

  • Additional Release Material:
    • Audio Commentary: Jeffrey C. Stewart
    • Featurette:
      1. "His Artistry and Legacy" - Interviews with Ruby Dee, James Earl Jones, William Greaves, and others
      2. "Robeson on Robeson" - Interview with Paul Robeson, Jr.

Disc 2: SANDERS OF THE RIVER (1935)/JERICHO (1938)

  • Additional Release Material:
    • Featurette: "True Pioneer: The British Films of Paul Robeson" - Interviews with Paul Robeson, Jr., Stephen Bourne, and Ian Christie & Film Clips from SONG OF FREEDOM (1936), KING SOLOMON'S MINES (1937), and BIG FELLA (1938).

Disc 3: BODY AND SOUL (1925)/BORDERLINE (1930)

  • Additional Release Material:
    • Audio Commentary: Oscar Micheaux; Pearl Bowser

Disc 4: THE PROUD VALLEY (1940)/NATIVE LAND (1942)

  • Additional Release Material:
    • Featurette: "The Story of NATIVE LAND" - Interview with Tom Hurwitz
    • Interviews: Paul Robeson - 1958, Pacifica Radio

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Narrated by

Entertainment Reviews:

New York Times - 02/13/2007
"NATIVE LAND is some kind of great movie....As the unseen narrator, Robeson lends his powerful voice and rhythmic phrasing..."
USA Today - 02/16/2007
"[T]his classy set offers context by packaging a spiffier-looking THE EMPEROR JONES with five other features."
Sight and Sound - 06/01/2007
"[I]t's a fascinating package that can't help but shed much valuable light on one of the last century's most complex and contradictory careers."

Product Description:

This excellent Criterion Collection DVD set provides a definitive portrait of the trailblazing African-American figure Paul Robeson. As a singer, scholar, athlete, actor, and social activist, Robeson was not only a renaissance man, he transcended the endless social and racial barriers of the time. This in-depth documentary gives a full picture of the man, and includes audio commentary, interviews, and clips from Robeson's films.

Plot Keywords:

1930s | Actors | Africa | African American Culture | Documentary | Heroes | Legends | Opera Singing | Silent Films | Singers | World War I

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  • Sales Rank: 114,567
  • UPC: 715515021722
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