Paul Robeson moved his family to London in 1928, headlining six British films in twelve years. Robeson’s first British production, Zoltán Korda’s Sanders of the River, however, ended up an embarrassment, its story of an African tribal leader transformed into a celebration of the British Empire.
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From the intro: "Africa...Tens of millions of natives under British rule, each tribe with its own chieftain, governed and protected by a handful of white men whose everyday work is an unsung saga of courage and efficiency." No wonder Robeson was embarrassed by his appearance in this crass celebration of colonialism. 2 stars for beautiful dancing scenes and a few other authentic elements of Tribal Africa.
I liked the film, but it wasn't my favorite. It was certainly a nod to British Imperialism...okay it was more than a nod, it was more like a jumping up and down. Sanders was spoken about more in the film than he was actually seen which was kind of annoying. Regardless it wasn't half bad i guess.