Criterion Collection: Paul Robeson: Portraits Of

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Special Features

New digital transfers, created from the best surviving elements; Audio commentaries by historians Jeffrey C. Stewart (The Emperor Jones) and Pearl Bowser (Body and Soul); Musical scores by Wycliffe Gordon (Body and Soul) and Courtney Pine (Borderline); Pacifica Radio interview with Paul Robeson from 1958; Four new video programs, featuring actors Ruby Dee and James Earl Jones, filmmaker William Greaves, cinematographer Tom Hurwitz, Paul Robeson Jr., and film historians Ian Christie and Stephen Bourne, and including clips from throughout Robeson's film career; A book featuring essays by Paul Robeson, Hilton Als, Charles Burnett, Ian Christie, Geraldyn Dismond, Charles Musser, Clement Alexander Price, and Deborah Willis and a note from Pete Seeger
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/13/2007
  • UPC: 715515021722
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Language: English
  • Time: 9:46:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 42,941

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Paul Robeson: Icon - The Emperor Jones/Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist
1. "I Want Two Wings" [3:51]
2. Brutus Jones [4:42]
3. Buffet Flat in Harlem [5:22]
4. "About That Merger" [3:11]
5. Catfight at the Cabaret [2:09]
6. Baby Jim's Juk [4:34]
7. Rock Quarry [3:22]
8. "Trouble, Here I Come" [2:55]
9. Smithers and His Excellency [4:23]
10. Wheeling and Dealing [3:10]
11. Charms [6:56]
12. Emperor Jones [6:30]
13. Rude Awakening [2:47]
14. "So Long, White Man" [6:18]
15. Into the Forest [6:35]
16. "Oh Lord, I Done Repent" [6:24]
17. Silver Bullet [2:56]
1. The Primitive [3:51]
2. Great Migration North [4:42]
3. World of the Pullman Porters [5:22]
4. The Black Adam [3:11]
5. Harlem Renaissance Scene [2:09]
6. Frank Wilson [4:34]
7. Killing of the Guard [3:22]
8. Quintessential Modernist [2:55]
9. Island of Eugene O'Neill [4:23]
10. "Equality, if Not Domination" [3:10]
11. Jean Vilbrun Guillaume Sam [6:56]
12. Critique of American Capitalism [6:30]
13. Where the Film Meets the Play [2:47]
14. Drumbeats and Demise [6:18]
15. Negro as Lead Character [6:35]
16. Removal of the Auction Block [6:24]
17. Problem With the Film [2:56]
1. Legacy [5:37]
2. Early Career [4:11]
3. Expanding Worldview [3:12]
4. Film Roles [3:55]
5. Politics [8:24]
6. The Battle/End Credits [4:04]
1. First Impressions [4:54]
2. Turning Point [2:54]
3. The Emperor Jones [2:30]
4. "Another Kind of Creature" [2:00]
5. Progressive Choices [3:13]
6. "Robeson Said It Loudest" [3:02]
Disc #2 -- Paul Robeson: Outsider - Body and Soul/Borderline
1. Rev. Isiaah T. Jenkins [3:19]
2. Yellow "Curley" Hinds [3:11]
3. Sunday [4:27]
4. Other Fish in the Sea [4:56]
5. Isabelle, the Offering [6:30]
6. A Strange Confusion [4:39]
7. "Crushed, Body and Soul" [5:27]
8. Martha's Savings [6:28]
9. Atlanta [5:08]
10. The Truth [6:00]
11. "Blood Money" [7:13]
12. Martha's Reckoning [3:39]
13. Day of Days [3:19]
14. "Dry Bones in the Valley" [4:50]
15. Mercy [4:09]
16. Bloodhound on His Trail [2:16]
17. Home Again [3:46]
1. Race Movies [3:19]
2. "Follow the Money" [3:11]
3. Micheaux's Stamp [4:27]
4. Use of Artworks [4:56]
5. Figure of the Minister [6:30]
6. Booker T. Washington [4:39]
7. Unconventional Director [5:27]
8. Critics of Micheaux's Films [6:28]
9. "Little Truisms" [5:08]
10. The Rape Scene [6:00]
11. Nine Reels to Five [7:13]
12. Casting Paul Robeson [3:39]
13. Significance of "Dry Bones" [3:19]
14. Taking Back the Church [4:50]
15. Race Film Companies [4:09]
16. Griffith vs. Micheaux [2:16]
17. The Community [3:46]
1. Credits/Lovers I [7:39]
2. Pete Finds Adah [5:29]
3. Astrid Accuses Thorne [4:19]
4. Outsiders [6:29]
5. Lovers II [4:35]
6. Thorne Confronts Pete [5:37]
7. Astrid Waits [7:47]
8. Astrid and Thorne I [6:02]
9. Astrid and Thorne II [5:39]
10. Hide and Seek [6:53]
11. Testimony [5:26]
12. Departures [9:15]
Disc #3 -- Paul Robeson: Pioneer - Sanders of the River/Jericho
1. Opening Titles [3:14]
2. Commissioner Sanders [2:47]
3. Bosambo [5:29]
4. Mofolaba's Warriors Attack [2:48]
5. "On, On, Into Battle" [5:36]
6. Lord Sandi vs. King Mofolaba [3:54]
7. Lilongo [3:28]
8. Wedding Ceremony [2:35]
9. "Primitive Paradise" [5:04]
10. Ferguson Takes Over [4:03]
11. "Sandi-Is-Dead" [7:24]
12. White Men in the Old Country [3:08]
13. Lion Dance [2:57]
14. "Sandi-Is-Not-Dead" [7:29]
15. The Right Bait [3:47]
16. "Canoe Song" [3:28]
17. Restoring Order [3:53]
18. The Trap Is Set [6:07]
19. Law of Sandi [7:24]
20. The New King [3:06]
1. "My Way" [6:39]
2. Accidental Death [5:45]
3. "Discipline Must Be Maintained" [3:16]
4. Christmas Concert [3:37]
5. Escape! [7:01]
6. Due South [4:06]
7. The Mighty Jackson [4:45]
8. Welcome Invitation [5:58]
9. "Jericho Jackson Hunted Again" [2:36]
10. Great Salt Caravan [4:10]
11. "My Way" Reprise [4:39]
12. Defending the Caravan [5:27]
13. "Deep Desert" [4:39]
14. Newsreel Plays in London [4:46]
15. Jericho's New Life [7:37]
1. Introduction [6:02]
2. Sanders of the River [7:52]
3. Song of Freedom [3:45]
4. King Solomon's Mines [2:33]
5. Big Fella [2:08]
6. Jericho [5:24]
7. The Proud Valley [5:04]
Disc #4 -- Paul Robeson: Citizen of the World - The Proud Valley/Native Land
1. David Goliath [5:20]
2. Town of Blaendy [6:14]
3. "Lord, God of Abraham" [4:01]
4. Parry Household [4:14]
5. The Day of the Eisteddfod [3:35]
6. Klondyke [4:27]
7. "A Bit of Bad Luck" [2:54]
8. "Deep River" [3:35]
9. No Hands Wanted [4:44]
10. News for Emlyn [6:16]
11. Bound for London [5:10]
12. Blaendy Colliery Ltd. [5:14]
13. Back in the Pit [5:43]
14. "Open Sesame" [4:20]
15. A Flickering Light [3:07]
16. Drawing Lots [3:37]
17. The Proud Valley [4:39]
1. Opening Titles [2:04]
2. Prologue/Bill of Rights [6:59]
3. Michigan Farmer [5:13]
4. Union Organizer in Ohio [3:52]
5. Sharecropper in Arkansas [6:55]
6. "American Day" [7:55]
7. Labor Spy, Part I [8:08]
8. Labor Spy, Part II [8:46]
9. Labor Spy, Part III [8:22]
10. Strength of the People [2:20]
11. Grocer in Tennessee [3:07]
12. Law and Order [5:03]
13. "Into the Arms of the Klan" [2:41]
14. Senate Investigation [5:51]
15. Picketing in Chicago [5:52]
16. Epilogue/"We Don't Forget" [5:11]
1. Ideas [1:19]
2. The Talent Involved [4:00]
3. Leo and Frontier Films [5:13]
4. "The World Had Changed" [2:56]
1. Introduction to Paul Robeson [3:44]
2. Choosing to Live in England [5:12]
3. Commitment to the Human Struggle [5:53]
4. Power of Negro Action [5:58]
5. "My Art Is Always a Weapon" [2:21]
6. The Passport Situation [2:39]
7. His Family and Faith [5:15]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Paul Robeson: Icon - The Emperor Jones/Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist
   The Emperor Jones
      Play the Movie
      Chapters
      Color Bars
      Commentary
         Cultural Historian Jeffrey C. Stewart, Professor of History at George Mason University and the Editor of Paul Robeson: Artist and Citizen, Recorded This Commentary for the Criterion Collection in 2006: Off
         Cultural Historian Jeffrey C. Stewart, Professor of History at George Mason University and the Editor of Paul Robeson: Artist and Citizen, Recorded This Commentary for the Criterion Collection in 2006: On
         Index
         Color Bars
   Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist
      Play the Movie
      Chapters
   Our Paul: Remembering Paul Robeson
      Play
      Index
   Robeson on Robeson
      Play
Disc #2 -- Paul Robeson: Outsider - Body and Soul/Borderline
   Body and Soul
      Play the Movie
      Chapters
      Color Bars
      Commentary
         Pearl Bowser, Coauthor of Oscar Micheaux and His Circle and codirector of the Documentary Midnight Ramble: Oscar Micheaux and the Story of Race Movies, Recorded This Commentary for the Criterion Collection in September 2006: Off
         Pearl Bowser, Coauthor of Oscar Micheaux and His Circle and codirector of the Documentary Midnight Ramble: Oscar Micheaux and the Story of Race Movies, Recorded This Commentary for the Criterion Collection in September 2006: On
         Index
         Color Bars
      About the Score
         Credits
   Borderline
      Play the Movie
      Chapters
      About the Score
         Credits
Disc #3 -- Paul Robeson: Pioneer - Sanders of the River/Jericho
   Sanders of the River
      Play the Movie
      Chapters
      Color Bars
   Jericho
      Play the Movie
      Chapters
   True Pioneer: The British Films of Paul Robeson
      Play
      Index
Disc #4 -- Paul Robeson: Citizen of the World - The Proud Valley/Native Land
   The Proud Valley
      Play the Movie
      Chapters
      Color Bars
   Native Land
      Play the Movie
      Chapters
      The Story of Native Land
         Play
         Index
   Robeson on Pacifica Radio, 1958
      Play
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best of Robeson on Film

    Paul Robeson's most well known movies are included in this box set. For that alone it's worth the purchase. The biggest drawback is that it doesn't include any material of Paul Robeson in concert, though the musical interludes in all of the sound films feature his glorious singing. The documentaries are enlightening, though none compare to 'Here I Stand', the 1999 documentary which features interviews, personal recollections and singing by Robeson. Still, they nicely round out this collection of films by a major twentieth century artist and activist.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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