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Body and Soul / Borderline (Criterion Collection) back to product details

well done, but not great
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written by MBreslau June 14, 2010 - 5:53 AM PDT
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
They did a great job of transferring 75-year-old material to DVD.
Putting Robeson into a black-and-whilte film is appropriate; putting him in a silent movie is a great waste.

In 'Body and Soul' Paul Robeson plays a sinful and dissolute preacher - a role he later renounced and repudiated. He also does a cameo as the preacher's honest and upright twin brother. This is a reasonably good film for its day and age.

'Borderline' is a different thing entirely. It's an experimental, arty, 'avant guard' film somewhat in the mold of 'Chien Andalou' but nearly devoid of dialog or discernable plot. If you like art-house films you'll probably appreciate this one - if not you'd be better off skipping it. One highlight: Robeson's wife appears in it.


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