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3.8
49 Ratings

Marjoe

United States, 1972
Documentary, Biography

Synopsis

Part documentary, part expose, this film follows one-time child evangelist Marjoe Gortner on the “church tent” Revivalist circuit, commenting on the showmanship of Evangelism and “the religion business”, prior to the start of “televangelism”.

Marjoe Directed by Sarah Kernochan, Howard Smith

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1972 | Directors' Fortnight

Academy Awards

1973 | Winner: Best Documentary, Features

Golden Globes (USA)

1973 | Nominee: Best Documentary Film

Critics reviews

With his blond curls and his loose-limbed gyrations, Marjoe was a rock star for the devout and he knew it, explaining how he borrowed moves from Mick Jagger. But, as the scenes of extravagant gospel performances and diverse preaching styles make clear, the borrowing went both ways: the panoply of musical variations on the theme of ecstatic submission makes the pounding repetition of "God" and "Jesus" seem akin to the underlying current that ferocious rock-era energies tap into.
March 04, 2013
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