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Body and Soul

Virtual Cinema

  • Wednesday, March 16, 2022
  • 12:00 p.m.
  • Week-long Film Presentation
  • Virtual Program

Streamed online March 16–22, 2022

The iconic performer Paul Robeson’s debut screen performance, Body and Soul by the legendary director Oscar Micheaux is an example of an early “race film,” a genre produced in the first half of the 20th century by all–African American casts and crew specifically for Black audiences. Controversial upon release because of its portrayal of a swindler posing as a clergyman, Body and Soul is the only instance of Micheaux directing Robeson for the screen. With a new soundtrack by DJ Spooky (aka Paul Miller). (Oscar Micheaux, 1925, 75 minutes) Presented in conjunction with the exhibition James Van Der Zee’s Photographs: A Portrait of Harlem.

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The Virtual Cinema at the National Gallery presents various programs of digitized films, video, and media art once a month online, free and accessible across the United States.