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3.8
102 Ratings

Hallelujah!

Directed by King Vidor
United States, 1929
Drama, Musical

Synopsis

In a juke joint, sharecropper Zeke falls for a beautiful dancer, Chick, but she’s only setting him up for a rigged craps game.

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Hallelujah! Directed by King Vidor

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1930 | Nominee: Best Director

National Board of Review

1929 | Winner: Top Ten Films

National Film Preservation Board

2008 | Winner: National Film Registry

Critics reviews

The premise is from Emerson (“to take a master’s part in the music”), black voices on a jagged screen herald the remarkable flow of black images . . . Vidor’s holy rollers, as vibrant and full-bodied as Archibald Motley’s, one ethnographic tableau after another galvanized into furiously stylized motion. Faith and song of equal carnality comprise this folkloric deep South, where the swirling ecstasies of sex and Irving Berlin tunes mingle seamlessly with fervid spirituals.
November 21, 2016
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