The Green Pastures
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The Green Pastures
The Green Pastures began life as a group of "revisionist" Biblical stories titled Ol' Man Adam and His Chillun, written in exaggerated Negro dialect by white humorist Roark Bradford. These Old Testament stories were purportedly told from the point of view of an elderly black Sunday School teacher, who translated the Biblical prose into words that his congregation ("untutored black Christians" was Bradford's description) could readily understand. Thus, "De Lawd" behaves very much like a Southern black Baptist preacher; Heaven is a wondrous bayou-like land… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Recreates various Sunday school stories from the Old Testament that's told in a spirited manner in the lingo of the rural southern Negro."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"All African-American cast in dated but powerful religious drama."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"It's all ridiculous, of course, but in an open-hearted, na´ve sort of way it's an oddly captivating achievement."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Fine film version of the play with Rex Ingram in a brilliant central performance as God."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"There can be no questioning the uplifting moral fiber of the tales, the infectious spirit of its music, or the genuine affection brought to their parts by the actors involved."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
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