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Posted October 1, 2010
Spencer Williams is in good form with this cinematic metaphor for the spiritual "crossroads" that a young, rural African American couple encounter when faced with the trials of contemporary city life. The narrative proceeds along dream-like sequences as rituals from southern religious Black life and the social life of northern Blacks are displayed in contrast. Reminiscent of Williams' contemporary, director, Carl Dreyer, the iconic imagery is a bit heavyhanded but (unlike Dreyer) marvellously comic at times. The acting, though, is a bit stiff. It's a minor flaw, however, for the film is a wonderful poetic testament to the spiritual plight of millions of early 20th century African Americans.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.