Paul Robeson

Paul Robeson

Date of Birth: 09 Apr 1898

Biography: This handsome, eloquent and highly charismatic actor became one of the foremost interpreters of Eugene O'Neill's plays and one of the most treasured names in song during the first half of the twentieth century. He also courted disdain and public controversy for most of his career as a staunch Cold War-era advocate for human rights. While the backlash of his civil rights activities and left-wing ideology left him embittered and practically ruined his career, he remains today a durable symbol of r

Total Credits at Criticker: 17 (Actor)

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    Show Boat
    Adaptation of the Broadway musical. Magnolia Hawks is the lovely but protected, and thus very naive, daughter of Cap'n Andy Hawks, the genial proprietor of a show boat that cruises the Missisippi, and his nagging wife, Parthy... (imdb)
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    Native Land
    This beautifully shot and edited film exposes violations of Americans' civil liberties and is a call to action for exploited workers around the country. (criterion.com)
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    Tales of Manhattan
    An actor, Paul Orman, is accidentally told that his new, custom made tail coat has been cursed and it will bring misfortune to all who wear it. As the 4 succeeding wearers of the coat discover, misfortune can often lead to truth. (imdb)
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    Borderline
    Borderline, the sole feature of British film theorist Kenneth Macpherson, boldly blends Eisensteinian montage and domestic melodrama, and features Paul Robeson and his wife, Eslanda, as lovers caught up in a tangled web of interracial affairs. (The Criterion Collection) -- Modern jazz score composed by recording artist Courtney Pine C.B.E
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    The Emperor Jones
    Unscrupulously ambitious Brutus Jones escapes from jail after killing a guard and through bluff and bravado finds himself the emperor of a Caribbean island. (imdb)
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    Body and Soul
    A minister is malevolent and sinister behind his righteous facade. He consorts with, and later extorts from, the owner of a gambling house, and betrays an honest girl, eventually driving them both to ruin. (imdb)
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    Sanders of the River
    British District Officer in Nigeria in the 1930's rules his area strictly but justly, and struggles with gun-runners and slavers with the aid of a loyal native chief. (imdb)
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    Jericho
    An American deserter joins African tribe to avoid punishment. (imdb)
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    The Proud Valley
    In a Welsh coal mining valley, a young man with a beautiful singing voice is called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice when a pit disaster threatens. (imdb)
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    Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist
    An examination of the life of actor and singer Paul Robeson, from his first major triumphs on the stage in the 1920s through his gradually increasing social activism in the 1930s and 1940s, leading to his controversial performances in Eastern Europe in the 1940s in which he performed communist anthems and criticized American social conditions. (imdb)
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    King Solomon\
    White hunter Allan Quatermain and his enigmatic guide help a young Irish woman locate her missing father in unexplored Darkest Africa. (IMDd)
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    Song of Freedom
    Johnny Zinga, a London dockworker whose constant singing during break time gets him the attention of impresario Gabriel Donozetti (Esme Percy) who offers him a chance to entertain in various concerts. He becomes successful but something pulls him back to his ancestral homeland in Africa and when someone confirms his heritage, he chucks his career to bring himself and his wife, Ruth (Elisabeth Welch) along with servant Monty (Robert Adams), there to claim his inherited royalty.
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    Big Fella
    Loosely based on the novel Banjo by Harlem Renaissance writer Claude McKay. Big Fella is set on the docks and streets of Marseilles. Paul Robeson stars in the leading role, as a street-wise but honest dockworker who struggles with deep issues of integrity and human values. Elisabeth Welch plays opposite him as a café singer in love with him.
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    Camille
    Camille (1926) - Short Film
    A home movie version of the Dumas play: a young woman becomes a courtesan and tragedy befalls her. (imdb)
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    Our Paul: Remembering Paul Robeson
    A retrospective look at the career of Paul Robeson and his legacy as both an American and a citizen of the world. (imdb)
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    The Tallest Tree in Our Forest
    Detailed biography of famed singer, actor, athlete and activist Paul Robeson. Complete with several interviews and footage of concerts and film clips.
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    Dooley\
    In 2004, historian, writer and musician Scott Allen Nollen, incensed at someone's foolish reference to the great Dooley Wilson as "Dooby," composed this tribute to the African American performers of Hollywood's "Golden Age," and recorded all the instruments for the song under his band name of Jimmie Dynamite.
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