Detroit Film Theatre
PIONEERS OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN CINEMA: THE BLOOD OF JESUS
Sunday, February 05, 2017
(US/1941—directed by Spencer Williams)
The first feature-length film by actor and director Spencer Williams is a religious parable in which a woman (Cathryn Caviness) is shot by her husband (Williams), travels to the gates of the hereafter, and confronts the devil himself. The stunning final scene is one of the many visual riches of The Blood of Jesus, which was inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in 1991. (56 minutes)
(US/1931—directed by Spencer Williams)
Only recently rediscovered, Spencer Williams’ one-reel comedy short was his first directorial effort – the story of a rivalry between two men as played out in a high-stakes game of miniature golf. The Library of Congress “mislaid” the film for 80 years due to a clerical error in the spelling of the title. (10 minutes)
Black History Month programs are made possible by the generous support of Arn and Nancy Tellem.