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Hallelujah! was, for its time, an impressive achievement. Director King Vidor, anxious to make a "personal" project for the impersonal MGM studios, proposed to film a spiritual story set in the deep South with blacks as the main characters. The Texas-born Vidor was familiar with certain particulars of African-American life, having witnessed the mass baptisms and religious ceremonies of the employees of his father's lumber mills. MGM, concerned that it would lose the "bigot trade," balked until Vidor offered to direct Hallelujah without salary. The decision to film on… More

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"The inventive director King Vidor reeceived a well-deserved Oscar nomination for making MGM's first all-black feature, shot on locations and later dubbed for sound."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A milestone on the road that led from Stepin Fetchit to Sidney Poitier to Spike Lee..."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"It's best looked at as an historical curiosity that gives one an idea of the African-Americans beginnings in the Hollywood movie before even the race films."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Vidor's gaze can be condescendingly paternal."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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